Helmets and antilock brakes make riding less dangerous.
September 1, 2016
Head injuries up after helmet law change
Trauma centers in Michigan are seeing more head injuries after the state rolled back its helmet law, new research shows.
May 24, 2016
India mandates motorcycle ABS
A growing number of countries are requiring antilock braking systems on motorcycles. The U.S. is absent from the list, despite clear evidence that it cuts crashes.
July 30, 2015
NHTSA targets fake motorcycle helmets
U.S. regulators aim to make it harder for retailers to sell novelty motorcycle helmets and easier for riders and police officers to distinguish between safe and unsafe ones.
November 20, 2014
More evidence that motorcycle ABS works
Antilock brakes can benefit high-risk and low-risk riders, a new HLDI study that categorizes motorcyclists based on auto claims rates shows.
December 19, 2013
Study looks at at on-road ATV crashes
All-terrain vehicles are made for off-road use, but large numbers of people take them on public roads, where they are generally prohibited.
May 30, 2013
Weaker helmet law means bigger injury claims
The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state weakened its helmet use law to exempt most riders last year.
IIHS petitions for ABS on all motorcycles
As antilock brakes become available on more and more bikes, the technology continues to prove its worth in preventing motorcycle crashes and fatalities.
Older motorcyclists have higher injury risk
When older motorcyclists crash, they are nearly 3 times as likely as younger riders to be seriously injured, a new study published in Injury Prevention indicates.
May 31, 2012
Newly insured riders benefit from ABS
Antilock brakes cut crashes for motorcyclists of all abilities, but new riders seem to benefit the most, an analysis of insurance claims shows.
Michigan repeals helmet mandate
In a step backward for motorcycle safety, Michigan abandons its longstanding helmet requirement.
July 19, 2011
New labels for motorcycle helmets
New labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets should make it harder to sell flimsy novelty headgear.
September 28, 2010
Federal motorcycle ABS study is flawed
A federal study that failed to find a benefit of antilock braking systems on motorcycles relied on flawed methods. The government should set aside the findings.
March 31, 2010
Motorcyclist deaths increase
More people are riding motorcycles, and more are dying in crashes. An IIHS survey provides a picture of who is driving and looks at their views on helmets, helmet laws and antilock brakes.
Universal helmet laws cut injury risk
Motorcyclists in states that require helmets are less likely to file injury claims after collisions than those in states without such laws, a HLDI study finds.
Motorcycle antilocks cut crashes
Two studies provide more evidence that antilock brakes reduce fatal crash risk and insurance losses.
Motorcycle training doesn't reduce risk
State requirements that young motorcycle riders take a training course before being licensed don't reduce crashes, a new analysis of insurance claims shows.
November 25, 2008
Motorcyclist death count keeps rising
More motorcyclists died in crashes in 2007 than any other year, while passenger vehicle occupant deaths fell to their lowest recorded level.
October 22, 2008
Motorcycle antilocks reduce crashes
Antilock brakes on motorcycles reduce both insurance claims and fatal crashes, two new studies show.
September 11, 2007
Supersport riders have high death rates
Supersport bikes are becoming increasingly popular, but motorcyclists who ride them have death rates 4 times higher than those who ride other types of motorcycles.
Supersports are most likely to be stolen
Supersport motorcycles top the list of bikes with the highest theft and comprehensive losses.
Helmets could prevent many deaths
As motorcyclist ridership increases, helmet use is on the decline, leading to more deaths.
Novelty helmets don't hold up in tests
Federal researchers tested seven popular novelty helmets and found they don't offer the same protection as helmets that comply with regulations.
November 21, 2006
Road death toll rises
More people died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads in 2005 than in any year since 1990. Much of the increase can be pinned on motorcycles.
September 28, 2005
More deaths follow weakened helmet law
The motorcyclist death rate in Florida has increased about 25 percent since the state changed its helmet law to allow riders 21 and older to ride bare-headed.
August 1, 2004
In other highway safety news…
State legislators have been busy working on laws about safety belts, motorcycle helmets and alcohol-impaired driving.
February 7, 2004
Deaths of older motorcyclists rise in Germany; North Carolina court rules red light cameras are constitutional; drivers using phones are less likely to buckle up.
September 25, 2003
Highway safety legislation in the states
Two states get stronger belt laws, but Pennsylvania lawmakers weaken their state's motorcycle helmet use law.
August 17, 2002
S.D. biker deaths peak around rally
Most deaths of motorcyclists in South Dakota happen around the time of the annual rally in the tiny town of Sturgis.
March 16, 2002
Few states improve highway safety laws
Little progress was made in the states in 2001 when it comes to passing new highway safety laws and strengthening the ones on the books.
January 12, 2002
Motorcyclist deaths are rising
The biggest increase is among riders 40 and older, reflecting the changing demographics of motorcyclists.
Today’s riders are married professionals
In 1980 the typical motorcyclist was 24 years old and earned $17,500. Today, the average bike owner is 38 and married and has a white-collar job.
Helmet laws draw opposition
Universal helmet laws are effective but face widespread opposition in the United States.
Deaths go up with helmet law repeals
Research shows that when helmet laws are weakened, fewer riders wear helmets, and fatalities and medical costs go up.
Brain injury means life of suffering
For one young man, the decision to ride without a helmet ended a successful life and made him incapable of caring for himself.
December 20, 2000
April 4, 1998
Motorcycle helmet laws in danger of repeal in many states
Helmet saves rider's life
Helmets prevent rider deaths and serious brain injuries
February 3, 1996
Incentives to enact helmet laws also killed by Congress
January 14, 1995
Fewer motorcycle deaths under California helmet use law
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