The Guthrie Fire Department was dispatched to a motorcycle accident with injury on Tuesday. The driver was transported to the hospital and later released after treatment. Without a helmet, the accident may have seen a different outcome.
The fire department posted a picture of the helmet worn by the motorcyclist on their Instagram page.
“This picture serves as a reminder to always wear a helmet when you’re on a motorcycle,” the post read. “This patient hit a pothole in the road, causing him flip over the front of the bike and land on his head. This helmet easily saved his life.”
According to Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, motorcycles are the most hazardous form of motor vehicle transportation. In 2020, 5,579 motorcyclists were killed, an 11 percent increase from the previous year, and 82,528 were injured on our nation’s roads.
They add that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and reduce the risk of death by 42 percent and when crashes occur, motorcyclists need adequate head protection to prevent one of the leading causes of death and disability in America — head injuries.
For more information from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety click here.