Do motorcycle helmets really save lives?
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Do motorcycle helmets really save lives?

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY, AND DANGERS– IT’S OUR DAYLONG COMMITMENT TO YOU. YOU WILL HEAR FROM A TRAUMA SURGEON AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL TO FIND OUT IF SHE THINKS HELMETS REALLY DO SAVE LIVES… CHERISH: There are now several states where helmets are optional. Dr. Linda Ding has seen first-hand that helmets can save lives– but she says it all depends on speed… PKG: It’s not uncommon to see motorcycles on the roads in the Gulf Coast area.. SHOW WEB STORIES WITH MOTORCYCLE CRASH HEADLINES” but unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to see headlines like this… Dr. Linda Ding–Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital: SB0 “Down here because the weather is so nice, people are out on their motorcycles year round which becomes a major problem because that adds that many months of the year where they can get seriously injured.” Best motorcycle half helmets And you don’t even have to be moving at a high rate of speed… Dr. Linda Ding–Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital: SB23 “I’ve had patients who pull out of their driveway, not going at any speed, and somehow crash their bike, lay down their bike and break their leg just from a minor low-velocity injury.” And injuries can vary– from road rash to broken bones, to paralysis, organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries– in some cases, death… Dr. Linda Ding–Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital: SB8 “Alabama, fortunately we have a helmet law… BUTT TO SB9 “Just because you wear a helmet, it doesn’t mean you’re going to survive the injury. About more than half of patients who die from a motorcycle accident were wearing a helmet.” But it could… Dr. Linda Ding–Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital: SB13 “I think in low velocity injuries where you may not have a lot of other bodily harm, or if you’re thrown from your bike certainly the impact on your head without a helmet is going to be a lot worse than with a helmet.” That being said, Dr. Ding doesn’t want you to think a helmet makes you invincible on a motorcycle… Dr. Linda Ding–Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital: SB14 “Certainly wearing a helmet is better than no helmet but I don’t want people to get the false sense that just because you have a helmet you’re going to be protected because the rest of your body, you’re not wearing body armor and you’re going at highway speeds and so if you encounter an accident or veer off the road you can still die from those injuries.” According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets saved more than 1,800 lives in 2016. Experts If all motorcyclists would have worn helmets in 2016, 802 more could have been saved. CHERISH: Dr. Ding encourages all drivers to be more aware of all the vehicles on the road, especially motorcycles, because she says they’re small, they’re fast, and they can really come out of anywhere.  full face motorcycle helmets for men She adds that for anyone thinking about getting a motorcycle, she hopes you’ll think about your family, and think twice about getting on that motorcycle.” On news 5 at 5, we’re live at Hooters in Tillman’s Corner from 5 to 9 for “riders for riders bike night.” Be sure to join us for that, as our full day of “Motorcycles–Rules of the Road” continues. Cherish Lombard, News 5.>AND MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT

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