Wearing a motorcycle helmet has been shown to decrease the number of injuries and the mortality rate associated with motorcycle-related trauma.1 Once almost universal, many states have regressed to partial or no helmet laws.2 This changing legislation has provided opportunities for study that clearly indicate the reduction in mortality benefit of helmet use. Although beneficial, helmet use could possibly lead to changes in injury patterns that have been previously undescribed. Using data from the National Trauma Database, we performed a comparative analysis to evaluate the injury patterns, surgical indications, and costs of hospital admission for helmeted and unhelmeted riders.
Lastfogel J, Soleimani T, Flores R, Cohen A, Wooden WA, Munshi I, Tholpady SS. Helmet Use and Injury Patterns in Motorcycle-Related Trauma. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(1):88-90. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.3225