MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A new report from an arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state changed its helmet law to exempt most riders last year.
The report was compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute. It says a review of motorcycle crash claims found total medical claims for Michigan motorcyclists rose by 51 percent after the state ended its mandatory helmet law, which had been in effect since 1969.
The group says its findings are consistent with previous studies that show that rescinding helmet requirements results in more fatalities and hospital admissions. Some health organizations and insurance companies have called for legislation to reinstate the helmet requirement in Michigan.
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