Motorcycle head injuries increase

    Deaths and head injuries invovlving motorcyclists have increased sharply in Pennsylvania since the repeal of the universal motorcycle helmet law in 2003. A University of Pittsburgh study showed that even after accounting for increased motorcycle registrations, there has been a 42 percent rise in head injury-related hospitalizations. These injuries often have a life-changing effect on riders and their families – from WHYY’s behavioral health desk, Maiken Scott reports.

    Deaths and head injuries invovlving motorcyclists have increased sharply in Pennsylvania since the repeal of the universal motorcycle helmet law in 2003. A University of Pittsburgh study showed that even after accounting for increased motorcycle registrations, there has been a 42 percent rise in head injury-related hospitalizations. These injuries often have a life-changing effect on riders and their families – from WHYY’s behavioral health desk, Maiken Scott reports.

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    For this story, Maiken Scott spoke with Sean O’Donnell who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident 13 years ago. He was 17 at the time. Click here to hear a longer version of their conversation:

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