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The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is a leader in educating elected officials of the needs of survivors of brain injury and their families.  It is important to ensure the availability of adequate services.  We also focus on legislation to prevent brain injuries.
 
Legislative Issues


Missouri Motorcycle All-Rider Helmet Law

The Missouri all-rider motorcycle helmet law is still intact!  The Missouri Senate did not vote on HB1464 or SB851/694 which, if passed, would have repealed our strong motorcycle helmet law.  Our all-rider, universal motorcycle helmet law saves lives, reduces risk of brain injury, and saves taxpayer dollars!

State facts 

  • Motorcycle helmets help prevent deaths and reduce the severity of brain injury.  When a helmet is not worn, injuries sustained by motorcyclists are classified as “disabling” or “evident” in 75 percent of the cases.
  • Missouri has a 13% fatality rate for motorcyclists not wearing a helmet.  Surrounding states with minor-only or no helmet laws have much higher fatality rates: Kansas (70%), Iowa (94%), Illinois (74%), Arkansas (59%), and Oklahoma (79%).  This lower fatality rate is a direct result of more motorcyclists wearing helmets

  • On Missouri roadways, motorcyclists ages 41 to 55 account for more than 33 percent of fatalities and another 34 percent of personal injuries. 
  • Almost 50 percent of motorcycle crash victims have no private health insurance and their medical bills are paid by Medicaid or other public assistance health care fund.  When everyone has to pay, riding a motorcycle without a helmet is no longer about personal choice.


Motorcycle Helmet Fact Sheets

Helmet Fiscal Facts 

Helmet Law Repeals – Every State Had Increase in Deaths 

Study of Helmet Laws – Myths and Realities  

Visit www.savemolives.com for additional facts and statistics.





Sports Concussion Legislation 

Missouri House Bill 300 known as the “Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act” became effective August 28, 2011.  The primary intent is to promote the safety and protection against long-term injury of a youth athlete.  Read more about HB300.

For information and materials regarding sports concussions,
click here.

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