According to Police, a forty-four-year-old (44) man and a thirty-nine-year-old (39) woman were injured in a motorcycle accident in Phoenix over the weekend. Police Spokesman Sergeant Steve Martos said the man and woman were traveling westbound on Thunderbird near 39th Avenue when the driver of the motorcycle attempted to switch lanes. A Nissan Xterra was also attempting to change lanes causing the Nissan and the motorcycle to collide and throwing the two (2) people from the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were not wearing helmets and were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. According to Sergeant Martos, the driver of the motorcycle was in extremely critical condition and his passenger was in serious condition. Police said the driver of the Nissan was not injured. Sergeant Martos said impairment was not a factor in the accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmet use among motorcyclists decreased from 67% in 2009 to 54% in 2010. Helmets, according to the NHTSA, are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries for motorcycle drivers and 41% effective in preventing fatal injuries for passengers of motorcycles. In 2009, according to the NHTSA, 1,483 lives were saved by helmet use.
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