Navigation Links
Pennsylvania Injuries Rise After Repeal of Helmet Law

Study finds 32% increase in motorcyclists' head trauma deaths since law revoked in 2003

THURSDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- In the two years after Pennsylvania repealed its universal motorcycle helmet law, there was a 32 percent increase in motorcyclist head injury deaths and a 42 percent increase in head injury-related hospitalizations, a University of Pittsburgh study says.

The state's universal helmet law was repealed in 2003. Currently, only riders under age 21 and those with less than two years' experience who haven't taken a safety course are required to wear helmets.

The researchers analyzed data from the state's health and transportation departments for the years 2001-02 and 2004-05 and found helmet use by motorcyclists involved in reported crashes decreased from 82 percent to 58 percent in the two years after the helmet law was repealed.

While the head injury death rate increased by 32 percent, there was no increase in the non-head injury death rate.

Along with the 42 percent increase in head injury-related hospitalizations after the repeal of the helmet law, there was an 87 percent increase in the number of head-injured, hospitalized motorcyclists who required further care at facilities specializing in rehabilitation and long-term care.

Total acute care hospital charges for motorcycle-related head injuries increased 132 percent in the two years after repeal of the law, the study found.

The study was published online Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health and was expected to be in the August print issue.

"This relatively large increase in head injury deaths and hospitalizations after the repeal suggests that the (universal helmet) law was protecting riders," lead author Dr. Kristen Mertz, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said in a prepared statement.

"Our findings strengthen the argument for more comprehensive helmet laws that help protect riders and lower the cost of health care," study co-author Hank Weiss, associate professor in the department of neurological surgery at the Center for Injury Research and Control, University of Pittsburgh, said in a prepared statement.

"Serious head injuries, causing anything from short-term memory loss, inability to concentrate, to coma and death, can severely impact quality of life and affect not just those injured, but their families as well," Weiss said.

Only 20 states have laws that require all motorcyclists to wear helmets.

More information

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more about motorcycle safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, news release, June 12, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Governor Rendell Offers adultBasic Coverage to 35,000 Uninsured Pennsylvanians
2. Health and Business Groups Launch Ad Campaign About Need for Comprehensive Smoke-Free Law in Pennsylvania
3. NNN Healthcare/Office REIT Acquires 2750 Monroe Boulevard in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
4. Pennsylvania Department of Aging Receives Grant to Improve Alzheimers Support
5. Pennsylvania Needs More Lung Cancer Research
6. Saint Vincent Health System of Erie, Pennsylvania Named One of AARP 2007 Best Employers for Workers Over 50
7. Pennsylvania Game Commission Announces EHD Confirmed in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties
8. Maryland, Minnesota Go Smoke-free Oct. 1 - Pennsylvania Overdue in Following Suit
9. Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Accreditation Status for Trauma Centers
10. Health Secretary Urges Pennsylvanians to Get a Flu Shot
11. Governor Rendell Calls for Prompt Action on Prescription for Pennsylvania, Cover All Pennsylvanians Health Care Reforms
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... it deems a growing epidemic as deaths from prescription opioids in the United States ... heroin and cocaine. In 2013 alone, opioids were involved in 37 percent of all ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Serenity Point Rehabilitation, a holistic treatment ... video interviews with some of the staff members at their recovery center. The videos ... as well as some of the things that make their recovery program so unique. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... PALMYRA, Wis (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 ... ... Process scholarship award at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CU-KC), in Overland Park, ... scholarship from Chiropractor and University President Carl S. Cleveland III on October 16. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... N.Y. (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Autism ... Tuesday, the global movement driven by social media and the generosity of people around ... then encourage their social media networks to give – and share the personal stories ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... of patented products, announces Fragrance by Marcelle, a cosmetic invention which offers a ... & Fragrance Manufacturing Market in the US is worth $3 billion annually," says ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 Avery Biomedical Devices (ABD), manufacturer ... announce the appointment of Anders Jonzon , MD; ... Dr. Jonzon is a Physiologist ... Hospital, Uppsala University, Uppsala and Children,s Hospital, Karolinska, ... a fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute (UCSF). His research ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ASDS ... of Directors has declared a special 1 percent stock dividend ... payable December 14, 2015, to shareholders of record December 7, ... additional shares of common stock. --> ... a strong endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s growth strategy ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... st  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society ... Chicago on Nov-29 th through Dec-4 ...  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of ... Chicago on Nov-29 th through Dec-4 th , ... present its revolutionary whole body CZT digital SPECT/CT solution at the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: