Motorcycle deaths are on the rise in Michigan. According to a recent report, an average of 131 riders died between 2014-2018. That’s an increase of 13 more deaths annually than in previous years.

Some blame repeal of helmet requirements

Initially, motorcyclists in Michigan couldn’t ride without a helmet. However, in recent years state lawmakers repealed the measure. Before the changes, only five fatalities occurred annually due to lack of head protection. Now, it reportedly causes 56 deaths per year on Michigan roads. Despite the repeal, 78% of Michigan riders say they still wear helmets.

Others disagree

Helmets can lower motorcyclists’ risk of catastrophe. But some say it can be too difficult to determine if not wearing one is always the cause of death. One Michigan Police Lieutenant says no comprehensive data shows that the repeal has led to more crash fatalities. However, they say that someone who wears a helmet is less likely to die to sustain critical injuries.

General safety tips for motorcyclists

Whether they choose to wear a helmet or not, these are a few tips all motorcyclists can follow to stay safe while riding:

  • Abide by state traffic rules
  • Don’t be afraid to ride defensively
  • Become a better rider through continuing education
  • Always ride sober

Taking precaution can prevent fatalities

While some motorcyclists enjoy the freedom to choose whether they wear a helmet or not, it may be in their best interests to do so. Even if their injury isn’t directly caused by not wearing protective headgear, it could save them in the long-run.