Some of the benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet include the reduced risk of head injury by 69 percent and the reduced risk of death by 42 percent, while one of the drawbacks is a reduced field of vision. However, the size of the reduced field of vision depends on the type of helmet being used, and certain models do not have side walls that restrict visibility.
Mile-per-mile, motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to suffer a fatal traffic crash than occupants of cars. In 2013, 14 percent of all traffic deaths involved motorcyclists. Considering that motorcycles make up only three percent of all registered vehicles, these numbers show the inherently higher risk of riding a motorcycle.
Wearing a helmet is not only beneficial for the individual rider, but for society at large. According to a report released by the CDC in 2010, over $3 billion was saved as a result of helmet use, and an additional $1.4 billion could have been saved if all riders wore helmets. This is due to medical and productivity costs that are associated with enforcement and rescue services related to motorcycle crashes.
In addition to reducing the risk of death, motorcycle helmets provide other benefits, such as the ability to use integrated features. Certain helmets are equipped with Bluetooth devices, which allow the rider to receive phone calls and listen to voice GPS directions from a phone.