Center for Automotive Safety (Australia) wrote:The Centre has been evaluating the concept of a protective headband for car occupants. In about 44 percent of cases of occupant head injury, a protective headband, such as the one illustrated, would have provided some benefit. One estimate has put the potential benefit of such a device (in terms of reduced societal Harm) as high as $380 million, compared with $123 million for padding the upper interior of the car. This benefit derives from the fact that in a crash, the head strikes objects other than those that could be padded inside the car.
Copenhagenize wrote:an Australian government study showed that 25% of all car fatalities could be avoided if the motorists had worn helmets - despite seatbelts and airbags. That's over 250,000 lives saved every year globally, and 10,000 in the US alone
If this bolded fact is true, then that would mean thousands of car deaths avoided with mandatory helmet use. Compare this to mandatory cycle helmet use which actually kills people by discouraging physical activity, especially among children.
If our governments actually governed for the benefit of all instead of whoring out governance to the highest bidders, these helmets would be mandatory for all car drivers and passengers.
- Jim Garrison, 1969