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Motorcyclists are at increased danger of brain injury

Although all motorists who are involved in an auto accident are in danger of sustaining a brain injury, motorcyclists have an even greater risk of receiving brain trauma. Not only do motorcyclists lack the protective barrier that a motor vehicle provides, many bikers in Connecticut and across the country fail to wear helmets and other protective equipment while riding on busy roadways. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that head injuries are the leading cause of injury and death in motorcycle accidents. Furthermore, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents reported in the U.S. involve injury or death.

While Connecticut does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets, studies show that helmets significantly improve a biker’s safety on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bikers who do not wear helmets have a 40 percent increased risk of losing their lives from a brain injury than those who wear helmets.

Motor vehicles are equipped seat belts, roll bars, air bags and other safety devices that help to protect bikers in the case of an accident. Motorcycles, on the other hand, lack this critical equipment.  If motorcyclists are involved in an accident where they hit their heads on the road or on another hard object, the impact may cause their soft brain tissue to hit against the inside of the skull. Brain bleeding, bruising and inflammation may occur as a result. In some cases, the force of the blow is too much, and motorcyclists lose their lives. 

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