Maryland Helmets Law

Maryland Helmet Law – Safety First

Almost all motorcycle accidents, which result in serious head injury and even death, are due to speeding and negligence. Use of motorcycle helmet has been found to be one of the most important factors that help prevent death and injury among motorcycle riders. It’s in the interest of public safety that the Maryland Government must ensure the continuation of the Maryland motorcycle helmets law.

Past studies by the United States Department of Transportation on the use of motorcycle helmets, consistently show that when states irresponsibly repeal these helmet laws, fewer motorcycle riders use helmets. Consequently, there is an increase in the number of casualties. The Maryland helmet law, in effect since 1992, has ensured that the motorcycle death rate has dropped by 56 percent since then.

Head injuries are the most common and the most expensive injuries to treat. Motorcycle helmets have been shown to be the most effective head protection device available to motorcycle riders. Non-helmeted patients are required to pay higher hospital charges than those wearing helmets.

Most motorcycle riders who are killed or injured are over age 21, a fact supporting the need for an all-rider helmet law. Repeal of this helmet law in Maryland would have resulted in increased deaths and injuries and drained the already strained resources.

The most important reason for the endorsement of this helmet law in Maryland is the value of human life. Every motorcycle rider is somebody’s father, mother, brother or child, hence prevention and safety by use of helmets are not issues to be scoffed at or taken lightly. The helmet law continues to save lives and precious revenue in Maryland. Therefore, the helmet law should remain in effect for years.

Author Notes:

William Pensworth contributes and publishes news editorial to  A buyers guide to all types of motorcycle helmets plus shields, googles, custom and wired radio helmets.

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