Helmet Saves Florida Man’s Life After Head-On Collision
By Space Coast Daily // November 21, 2019
Thankfully, the Pasco County motorcyclist who as injured in an October hit-and-run is expected to make a full recovery.
Doctors credit the young patient’s miraculous survival to wearing a durable helmet.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, this crash occurred in Bayonet Point on October 21, 2019. Allegedly, a truck driver hit the motorcyclist at the intersection of Schrader Blvd. and Little Road just after 7:00PM.
First-responders immediately transported the injured biker to an area hospital for professional treatment. Although the crash victim had numerous broken ribs and bones, medical professionals said he didn’t sustain serious brain trauma.
Police believe the motorist involved in this crash was driving a black Ford F-150 made in the 1990s.
If you have info regarding this hit-and-run, you are urged to get in touch with your local Florida Highway Patrol by following this link.
Do Helmets Really Save Lives?
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the easiest way for motorcyclists to prevent death or traumatic injury is to wear a DOT-approved helmet. Indeed, CDC investigators believe almost 2,000 motorcyclists are saved per year thanks to helmets.
Researchers now believe motorcyclists who wear helmets have a 37 percent reduced chance of dying in a crash compared with non-helmet wearers. But that’s not all; helmets could bring down a motorcyclist’s risk of traumatic brain injury by almost 70 percent.
Although most road safety experts highly recommend wearing helmets, Florida law allows motorcyclists over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet provided they have medical insurance that covers $10,000 in injuries.
Motorcyclists who don’t meet these criteria, however, are required to wear helmets per Florida Statutes §316.211.
Check Out “The Helmet Stories” for Inspiring Tales of Survival
While looking at the CDC’s helmet statistics is eye-opening, sometimes it takes a first-hand account to really make a lasting impression. It’s for this reason Hancock Injury Attorneys has put together an emotional three-part series online entitled “The Helmet Stories.”
In each of these episodes, Personal Injury Lawyer Mike Hancock details the impressive stories surrounding three helmets from former clients.
Additional safety tips.
There is only so much education that can reach drivers of cars and trucks. To be as safe as possible on two wheels be sure to check out additional safety tips as seen on the NHTSA’s motorcycle safety PDF file or the Florida DMV’s page on rider education.