Characteristics of motorcycle-related hospitalizations: Comparing states with different helmet laws

Jeffrey H. Coben, Claudia A. Steiner, Ted R. Miller

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Abstract

This study compares U.S. motorcycle-related hospitalizations across states with differing helmet laws. Cross-sectional analyses of hospital discharge data from 33 states participating in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project in 2001 were conducted. Results revealed that motorcyclists hospitalized from states without universal helmet laws are more likely to die during the hospitalization, sustain severe traumatic brain injury, be discharged to long-term care facilities, and lack private health insurance. This study further illustrates and substantiates the increased burden of hospitalization and long-term care seen in states that lack universal motorcycle helmet use laws.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Helmets
  • Hospitalizations
  • Injuries
  • Motorcycles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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