Statistics can be manipulated and taken out of context can lead to some bad decisions being made.rbentnail said:That would mean in 48% of the fatalities the riders WERE wearing a helmet. 52 vs 48........hmmmmmm-eversoslightly higher chance of surviving with a helmet. But no real breakdown if the type of helmet makes a difference. But the article does include ALOT of stats and percents- be wary! Stats can be skewed any way you'd like.
Well said, I agree with all your conclusions. I just got back from a week in Florida and it was weird, the first time I've been in a no helmet state. To see literally no one wearing a helmet. I saw probably 4-5 helmets out of 30+ bikes. The few helmets I saw were cruisers wearing either beanies or half shells. I definitely would stick out as a tourist wearing a full face and full gear <g>.Uncle Bob said:I've been collecting and analysing statistics for years now and have come to my own conclusions.
Helmets protect your head, lessening or eliminating head injuries, thereby reducing your probability of death from a head injury.
50% of documented cases of head injuries involve injuries to the face and jaw, in other words rider land flat on their face about half the time, so a full face helmet is the way to go.
Eliminate speeding, DWI and unlicenced riders and you would reduce the numbers of deaths by over 90%.
Ok I just did some checking at the census bureau site have have found the following info.
Excluding the younger than 15 and older than 75 age groups the remaining population is divided into the groups in the attached graph.
Combining the 35 to 44 and 45 to 54 groups ( older riders 35 to 55 according to the article ) this group makes up almost 41% the population ( with the biggest median income to boot ). The 15 to 34 age group makes up 38% of the population ( but includes a large percentage of young people with limited or no funds to buy a bike ).
The article mentions a lower number of accidents for the under 30 crowd but that only represents 28% of the population IF you include the 15 to 19 yr olds.
So in my opinion based on what I've seen "Older riders" ( over 35 ) make up over half of the riders but percentage wise are underrepresented in statistics therefore "safer" riders.
mid-life crisis purchase, large bike, little ability and/or knowledgetnhunter said:Here something really suprising, the age group with the most deaths isnt those 20 year olds on sport bikes flying down the road, it is 40 to 49 year olds with those over 50 being second. What does that say?