Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets
Road traffic injuries are a major public health problem and a leading cause of death and injury around the world. Each year nearly 1.2 million people die as a result of road crashes, and millions more are injured or disabled. In many countries, where motorcycles are common means of transport, users of two-wheelers make up a large proportion of those injured or killed on the roads. Motorcycle and bicycle riders are at an increased risk of being involved in a crash. This is because they often share the traffic space with fast-moving cars, buses and trucks, and also because they are less visible. In addition, their lack of physical protection makes them particularly vulnerable to being injured if they are involved in a collision.
Wearing a helmet is the single most effective way of reducing head injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes. Motorcyclists who do not wear helmets are at a much higher risk of sustaining head injuries and from dying from these injuries. In addition, riders who do not wear helmets place additional costs on hospitals, while the disability that results from these head injuries incurs costs at an individual, family and societal level.