Helmet Laws Questioned Following Serious Motorcycle Accident

Oct. 12, 2012

A 50-year-old man from Pueblo was seriously injured by a collision with a pickup truck while riding a motorcycle with no helmet. The incident has spurred a debate on the adequacy of current state motorcycle helmet laws. An article from KOAA News said the crash happened last Monday just after 5 p.m. along the US Highway 50 bypass, four miles east of Pueblo.

State troopers say the victim was heading westbound on a 1936 Indian motorcycle when a Ford F-350 pickup truck, driven by a 36-year-old man, attempted to turn left in front of the bike. The biker was unable to avoid a collision and struck the right rear panel of the truck.

The bike traveled several hundred feet before the rider was ejected. The victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the Pueblo Motorcycle Accident and was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition.

More than 98 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, however the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says wearing a helmet can reduce the chances of death or injury by as much as 50 percent in the event of an accident. Because of this fact, many are calling for changes to Colorado’s helmet laws. Current law states only riders under 18-years-old are required to wear such safety equipment.

The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm urge motorcycle riders to wear a helmet at all times.

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