Helmet use and fatal motorcycle injuries in California, 1987-1988

Patrick S Romano, E. McLoughlin

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Motorcycle injuries are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly among adolescents and young adults. The authors linked data from two different sources, the Fatal Accident Reporting System and the Multiple Cause of Death (death certificate) file, describing all motorcyclist fatalities in California in 1987 and 1988. The utility of this linkage was compromised by inadequate reporting of helmet use and by the high proportion (40%) of death certificates that listed no specific injury types. Nonetheless, these data confirmed that helmet use protects against head injury. Several personal and environmental characteristics, including seating position and speed limit, were associated with the probability of helmet use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-37
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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