Across Indiana - Recent statistics reveal common contributing circumstances in fatal crashes across Indiana for 2012. The circumstance is ‘choice’, specifically the choice by motorists to not wear seat belts and the choice of motorcycle drivers and passengers to not wear a helmet. This ‘choice’ often leads to debilitating injuries or death. So far this year, there have been 513 people killed in traffic crashes on Indiana’s roads. Of the 513 people killed, 211 – or 41% - were not wearing a seat belt. From this same number of 513 traffic deaths, 109 were the result of a motorcycle crash of which 89 of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet. That’s a staggering 81% fatality rate for motorcyclists that crashed and were not wearing a helmet.
While it will never be known how many of the deceased may have survived if they had been buckled up in their cars or were wearing a helmet while operating or being a passenger on a motorcycle, common sense says a number of these people would have survived. Year after year traffic fatality statistics reveal whether in a traditional motor vehicle, or on a motorcycle, those that wear seat belts and helmets greatly improve their chance of surviving the crash.
If you do not want to use common sense, then please believe the statistics. Buckle-up in cars and wear helmets on motorcycles. It really is just that simple.
SOURCE: Indiana State Police
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