The Benefits of Safety Belts and Motorcycle Helmets

Report to Congress
February 1996

Based on data from
The Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES)

Codes Study Chart

*Excludes Utah.

Average charges for inpatient motorcycle riders by brain injury status and helmet use are shown in Exhibit 15.

The NHTSA chart and research above clearly indicates that there is no appreciable statistical advantage to wearing a helmet to prevent or lessen head injury, however their written conclusion to Congress and the Oregon Health Department proselytizes just the opposite!

Contrary to their testimony, their chart clearly indicates that All Inpatient Victims, non-helmeted riders sustained slightly LESS injury damage ($26,805) than helmeted riders ($26,985)

Note also the huge difference in costs to treat Patients using public funds vs. those treated with private insurance!

Thanks to: Steven Shmerler |