We blogged recently about whether or not a helmet is required while operating a motorcycle in Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has information on their website advocating the use of helmets while driving motorcycles. According to their page, motorcycle helmet use increased from 48% in 2005 to 67% in 2009. Additionally, in states that require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, the percentage increased even higher, (yet surprisingly, not to 100%).
NHTSA established standards for motorcycle helmets in 2003. Helmets that meet this requirement are marked with a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet, cover the motorcyclist's ears and are at least 1 inch thick. NHTSA estimates that helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41% effective for motorcycle passengers. Last, NHTSA estimates that 1,829 motorcyclists lives were saved in 2008 because the riders were wearing helmets.