Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Interventions to reduce road traffic injuries: increasing motorcycle helmet use

Situation and trends

Wearing a motorcycle helmet can reduce the risk of death by almost 40% and the risk of severe injury by approximately 70%. Effective enforcement of motorcycle helmet laws can increase helmet-wearing rates and thereby reduce head injuries.

44 countries, representing 1.2 billion people, have helmet laws that meet WHO’s best practice, i.e., apply to all drivers and passengers, all roads and engine types, require the helmet to be fastened, and make reference to a particular helmet standard.