Researchers from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics have found that during an accident, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of cervical spine injury (CSI). In particular, fractures of the cervical vertebrae
These findings are found in a new article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, “Motorcycle helmets and cervical spine injuries: a 5-year experience at a Level 1 trauma center”.
It’s extremely important to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle and the statistics back it up.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing helmets saved the lives of 1,859 motorcycle riders in 2016
Furthermore, another 802 lives could have been saved if every motorcyclist had worn one.
So why is it not required to wear a helmet?
Reasons include freedom of choice, limiting vision, and added weight on the spine that could cause extra damage in an accident. Researchers took data and analyzed the damage riders suffer when wearing a helmet and when they don’t have one on.
At least one cervical spine injury (CSI) was sustained by 7.4% of the riders wearing a helmet and 15.4% of those not wearing one.
This body of research shows that wearing a helmet can protect you from sustaining a cervical spine injury.