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Death Toll Increases for Motorcyclists After No-Helmet Allowance

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 6:46 pm    

The number of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents has increased 35% in the past 10 years, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In 2012 alone, 210 people died in such accidents.

This increase, reports suggest, is linked to Pennsylvania’s legal decision to let motorcyclists choose whether or not to wear a helmet if they are over the age of 21 and if they have 2 years of driving experience or they passed the state’s motorcycle safety course.

Some lawmakers, like Senator John Wozniak, do not see any reason to reverse the legislation for this allowance, in spite of the accident statistics provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Of the accidents reported in 2012, 104 riders were not wearing a helmet, while 100 riders were (the other six cases are unclear). This year, Pennsylvania has reported six deadly motorcycle crashes just since the beginning of May. Police say that at least one of these involved a rider not wearing a helmet.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s carelessness, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today by calling 717-392-6362 and learn more about the legal rights and options available to you.