Study: More deaths after helmet law repeal
Updated: Wednesday, April 10 2013, 10:16 AM EDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new study says Michigan's repeal of the motorcycle helmet law has led to dozens of preventable deaths across the state.
A University of Michigan researcher found that there would have been 26 fewer deaths and 49 fewer serious injuries last year if Michigan had not changed the helmet law.
She says not wearing a helmet doubles the risk of death and increases the risk of serious injury by 60-percent.
However, critics of the report say rider skill and experience are more important than helmets in preventing deaths.