MDH brought up an interesting statistic from the States. If you count only actual motorcyle accidents (not riders) and compare the number of fatalities by state, those states that do NOT have helmet laws have a higher fatality rate than those that mandate helmets. I thought that didn't make sense. He said he thought it was because the paramedics remove the helmet at the scene and in doing so cause major damage to a neck/spinal injury caused by the accident.
My questions are: 1. As a paramedic (not that I'm asking anyone specifically), what would you do on the scene? My own limited first aid training says do not remove clothing, footwear, headgear or anything unless it interferes with Airway, Breathing, Circulation. So, if the helmet strap isn't interfering, I'd leave it alone. However, I don't have any support equipment either.
Second question: When could a spinal injury be fatal?
Third: anyone else have any idea why the statistic could look so backward?