Shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening, Colorado Springs Police responded to the scene of a crash between a sedan and a motorcycle. Upon their arrival, officers discovered that the motorcyclist had collided with a sedan and was critically injured. The motorcyclist was treated on scene by first responders, but succumbed to his injuries
The investigation of the Colorado Springs Major Crash Team concluded that the motorcyclist traveled eastbound on E Cucharras St .at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with S. Institute St resulting in the collision with a Honda sedan traveling northbound on S Institute St.
Reports of the crash clarify that the motorcycle was actually a dirt bike and that the rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. In citing these statistics, the CDC endorses a universal helmet law across all states (and Colorado presently does not mandate helmet use by adult motorcyclists).
For adults in Colorado, wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle is a personal choice and many riders value that autonomy. The failure to wear a helmet will not bar a rider or passenger injured from recovering in an injury claim, provided the injury was the result of another driver’s carelessness and not the fault of the motorcyclist as it appears may have been the case here.