I t's now been a year since Michigan changed it's motorcycle helmet requirements. For decades the state required all riders to wear them. But in 2012, the requirement changed meaning only riders 21 and younger had to them. A new study says there's been an increase in injuries since the law became more lax.
T he study comes from the highway loss data institute. It's an insurance industry group that says the weaker law is responsible for more injuries.
B ut , people like Scott Wilson of Tecumseh Harley Davidson says they may be other factors for more accidents than the change in state law, "sales are up, more riding days are available, as of last year when they took the statistics," explains Wilson.
D espite the study's findings , some riders still support the changed law, "I do agree with the way it was changed I feel it's the choice of the rider, whether they want to put themselves in the danger no or not," says motorcycle rider Jason Sahloff.
I t's a choice where more riders are choosing to ride without a helmet , "I do see a lot more people that choose to go without a helmet. Even in my circle of friends, that I ride with, I do see some of my friends that ride without helmet more now than they used to," adds Sahloff.
M ay is Motorcycle Awareness Month. This shop says they advocate smart riding and say sales for helmets are still strong.
A nd while people like Jason Selloff may support less restrictions on helmet requirements, don't assume he rides without one, "I do choose to ride with a helmet, probably 99% of the time I ride there might be 1 or 2 instances where I won't wear a helmet, but 99% of the time I still wear a helmet," says Sahloff.
O fficials from the motorcycle riders foundation dismiss the study accusing the insurance industry of being upset over increased claims which cost them money.