I was in my forties when I first started riding a motorcycle. After my first ride, I cursed myself through smiling, bug-filled teeth for not having done it sooner. Nothing compares to the hyper-aware state riding a motorcycle places you in. You're exposed to the elements and everything mother nature can throw at you. Just a moment of daydreaming can result in the unthinkable. This vigilant state doesn't allow your mind to wander to the day's events or any other care or worry. It's just you, your bike, and the next turn.

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It's this feeling that brings some Michigan motorcyclists to the conclusion that, since the state doesn't require helmet use for anyone 21 or older, they will further connect themselves with their environment by not wearing one. I get it. I've done it, and I more than likely will do it again. Is that right? Is it smart? Probably not, but it's my choice.

Helmet Use in Michigan's Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Between 2018 and 2022

Revealing Helmet Use in Michigan's Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

A Florida-based law firm, Anidjar & Levine, released new research examining motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents and whether or not they were wearing helmets. Looking at a five-year period, 2018 - 2022, there were 28,707 fatal motorcycle accidents throughout the United States. Of those, 17,077 were wearing helmets, 10,630 were not, and for 1,000, it was unknown if a helmet was used.

Michigan motorcyclists accounted for 818 of those fatal crashes, with 373 riders wearing helmets, 373 without, and 72 undermined; 45.69% of the lives lost were not wearing helmets. Keep scrolling to see each of the 50 states' helmet laws and a further breakdown of helmet use in fatal accidents.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws by State / Fatal Crash Rate

Throughout the country, motorcycle helmet laws vary depending on which of the 50 states you're riding through. The legal team at Anidjar & Levine recently compiled data from the National Highway Safety Transportation Association (NHSTA) comparing the number of fatal crashes in each state that involved the rider wearing a helmet and those without. Here's an alphabetical look at Motorcycle Helmet Laws by State / Fatal Crash Rate.

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Deadly Drive: America's Worst Counties For Fatal DUI Accidents

The Scott Vicknair Law Firm analyzed data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) between 2017 and 2021, examining the incidence of drivers involved in fatal crashes under the influence of substances. It surveyed all 50 states to pinpoint the counties with the highest rates of DUI accidents. For full methodology, scroll to the #1 county in America for fatal DUI accidents.

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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan

If you're looking for a peaceful place to settle down and raise a family, you're looking for good schools, low crime rates, plentiful jobs, and a prosperous economy. These are not the cities you're looking for. Based on a ranking from RoadSnacks.net, here are the 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan. For RoadSnack.com's methodology, see the link in the #1 entry.

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With crime among adult offenders reaching its peak at 9 p.m., these are the cities in Michigan you'll want to avoid after dark, according to PropertyClub. Let's count down to the number of cities to visit in the daylight, with 10 Michigan cities to avoid after 9 p.m.

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