Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Colorado Springs Police responded to the scene of a crash between an SUV and a motorcycle. Upon their arrival, officers discovered that the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet in the crash, had already succumbed to his injuries.
Colorado Springs Police identified speed as a factor in this crash, where the motorcycle was northbound on North Union Boulevard and the SUV was making a left turn from Union (presumably southbound) onto Buttermilk Circle (presumably eastbound).
Traffic on Union is controlled by neither stop signs nor stop lights at this intersection and Union is three lanes wide in each direction with a dedicated left turn lane for traffic turning onto Buttermilk Circle. Though the posted speed limit is 40 miles per hour, folks who frequently travel the area will tell you that motorists often exceed the speed limit by 10 to 20 miles per hour on this stretch of Union Boulevard.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind motorcyclists that helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. In citing these statistics, the CDC endorses a universal helmet law across all states.
Although helmets are proven to save lives and reduce the risk of head injury, presently, Colorado does not require motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers over the age of 18 to wear helmets while traveling on roadways.
For adults in Colorado, wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle is a personal choice and many riders value that autonomy. The failure to wear a helmet will not bar a rider or passenger injured from recovering in an injury claim, provided the injury was the result of another driver’s carelessness. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, whether as a driver or passenger, contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. by calling 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.