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Injury claims filed by Michigan motorcyclists rise after helmet law repeal

Fatal crash image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc. 2014
Fatal crash image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc. 2014

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - In the year since Michigan law changed allowing motorcyclists to ride without helmets, a new study indicates an increase in the number of injuries.  The Highway Loss Data Institute research reveals that there have been about 12% more claims. Additionally the size of the average claim increased as well from about $5,400 to approximately $7,200.

The study has been dismissed by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. An MRF spokesman says the fact is our highways are bloody and the helmet law doesn’t make helmets illegal with no one forcing people to ride without a helmet. Three decades went by before those opposed to mandatory helmets got Michigan’s law changed.