Revealing Data About Helmet Use In Montana’s Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

I personally don't own a motorcycle, but I have plenty of friends that do, and I have ridden them myself over the years as well.

It's hard to explain the feeling you get while on those two wheels, but that exhilaration can be wiped out in just an instant if you're not hyper-vigilant.

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What Are The Current Helmet Laws In Montana?

One way to make sure a motorcycle accident doesn't turn into a fatal motorcycle accident is to wear a helmet.

Right now, in Montana, only riders 17 and under are required to wear a helmet.

Wearing a helmet has been proven to reduce the risk of death in an accident by 37%, and riders are three times less likely to have a traumatic brain injury after an accident if they're wearing a helmet.

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What's The Number Of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents In Montana?

The law firm Anidjar & Levine, based out of Florida, looked at a 5-year period from 2018 to 2022 of all the fatal motorcycle accidents across America and whether or not the rider involved was wearing a helmet.

37% of all riders in America involved in a fatal motorcycle accident were not wearing their helmets.

Sadly, the statistics for Montana are much worse when it comes to not wearing a helmet. See our totals, along with those of every other state, in the gallery below.👇

Motorcycle Helmet Laws by State / Fatal Crash Rate

Throughout the country, motorcycle helmet laws vary depending on which of the 50 states you're riding through. The legal team at Anidjar & Levine recently compiled data from the National Highway Safety Transportation Association (NHSTA) comparing the number of fatal crashes in each state that involved the rider wearing a helmet and those without. Here's an alphabetical look at Motorcycle Helmet Laws by State / Fatal Crash Rate.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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