Nine of 10 killed in motorcycle accidents found with no helmets

Helmets may be uncomfortable to wear and could even ruin your hairdo, but there's a good reason authorities want you to wear them when riding motorcycles.

This, as the Health department on Monday noted that nine of 10 riders declared dead-on-arrival in hospitals were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

Vehicular accidents were the leading cause of all injuries reported during the period, comprising 32.1 percent of the total 13,883 cases reports from October to December 2012.

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The data were generated using the Health department's Online National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which records cases from 86 government and private hospitals nationwide.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona thus promoted a adoption of a promotion of "'safety first' mindset and attitude" in order to avoid injuries on the road.

Road safety, the Cabinet official said, is both a personal commitment and a shared responsibility of all road users.

Next to transport accidents, injuries were mostly caused by assault or mauling (23 percent), fall (16.9 percent) and contact with sharp objects (13.2 percent).

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Most of the reported injuries occurred on the road (41.1 percent), at home (26.3 percent), at the workplace (4 percent) and in school (2.2 percent).

But before you that helmmet, make sure they comply to government standards in terms of safety and reliability.

The Trade department has consistently urged motorcycle riders to buy only helmets that have Philippine Standard or Import Commodity Clearance marks.

All helmet manufacturers and importers have meanwhile been required to obtain the certificates before selling and distribution their products to Pinoys.

Criminal and administrative cases have been filed  in February against helmet importers and retailers who had fake standard stickers.

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