State and local government officials in Virginia have time and again initiated various awareness programs in order to stress the importance of helmets for all motorcycle riders. Helmets have been proven to reduce injuries in many motorcycle accidents.

These various helmet awareness programs have statistically led to minor improvements. Last year around 64 percent of motorcycle riders reportedly used helmets while riding their vehicles. In most cases, it was also found that around eight out of 10 motorcycle riders were using motorcycle helmets while riding on the expressways. However, helmets that did not comply with regulations suggested by the Department of Transportation may end up being as dangerous as not using helmets at all in case of a motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to head injuries that may lead to brain injuries as well as spinal cord injuries. Helmets that adhere to the regulations laid down by the Department of Transportation have helped many Roanoke motorcycle riders lessen the impact and avoid such grave injuries. Motorcycle riders do not have the same level of protection as other automobile occupants, such as air bags or seat belts. Thus, motorcycle helmets are the only line of defense available to the motorcycle rider.

A victim of a motorcycle accident may suffer from disabilities. Such disabilities may lead to the inability to seek gainful employment. In some cases, the victim may even die from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Victims may be able to seek compensation from a negligent driver who caused the accident.

Source: NHTSA.DOT.gov, “Motorcycle helmet use in 2014 – overall results,” Accessed on April 7, 2015