Numerous studies have proven that motorcycle helmets are very effective at protecting motorcyclists against traumatic brain injuries and death in the event of an accident. According to a new study, motorcycle helmets have another, often overlooked benefit – protecting your face.
Recently, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles led a study that examined the records of over 46,000 bikers treated at hospitals from 2002 and 2005. These bikers suffered 1,700 nose injuries, 2,300 eye injuries, 800 broken jawbones, and 1,400 face bruises. However, researchers found that people who were wearing helmets had a 60 percent lower chance of suffering any serious facial injuries than those who were not wearing a helmet.
Currently, 19 states and Washington, D.C. have laws requiring that all motorcyclists wear helmets. Other states either require that some bikers – like those under the age of 21 or 18 – wear a helmet or have no helmet law whatsoever. It is estimated that between 2005 and 2009 motorcycle helmets saved 8,000 lives.