April marks the fifth anniversary of Michigan's partial universal motorcycle helmet law repeal. Since April 13, 2012, there has been a 25% decline in statewide helmet use and a 14% increase in head injuries among crash-involved motorcyclists.
The U-M Injury Center developed a new injury fact sheet on the statewide impact of Michigan's partial universal motorcycle helmet law repeal. Since the passing of the repeal, helmet use among all motorcyclists has declined while head injuries among hospitalized riders have increased. Although the statewide fatality rate did not change significantly overall, the fatality rate among unhelmeted riders was nearly two times higher than that of helmeted riders.
Research continues to show that motorcycle helmet use decreases the risk for a head injury and fatality following a motorcycle crash. This fact sheet is a resource that public health professionals, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers can use in their injury prevention advocacy and policy efforts. Download the injury fact sheet for more information on the statewide impact of Michigan's partial repeal on helmet use, head injuries, and fatalities.