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Saved by the Helmet

Motorcycling is inherently dangerous, but research shows that a DOT-certified helmet is 37 percent effective in reducing motorcycle fatalities and 67 percent effective in reducing serious brain injuries in the event of a crash.

To increase awareness of the benefits of helmets and to recognize riders who implemented this lifesaving strategy and survived a crash, the Illinois Department of Transportation created the Saved by the Helmet award.

Learn about Saved by the Helmet nominees' stories.

How to tell if a helmet is unsafe

What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets

Who can submit nominations:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Emergency medical providers
  • Other agencies involved in traffic crash reporting

Nominee criteria:

  • Involved in an Illinois crash, but need not be an Illinois resident
  • Wore a DOT-certified helmet at the time of the crash
  • Not under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Serious crash (more than a fender bender)
  • Not at fault for the crash and not cited for a willful or intentional violation of the law

Eligibility will be determined after a complete review of the nomination and supporting documents.

Submit a Nomination

Saved by the Helmet nomination form

  • Complete the form and submit via email, or
  • Complete the form, print, and mail a hard copy:

Cycle Rider Safety Training Program
Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Room 007
Springfield, IL 62764