Helmet Law

@cynddvs (2950)
United States
June 21, 2007 9:33pm CST
How do you all feel about whether or not states should have helmet laws for motorcycle drivers? I live in a state where there still is a helmet law. I just heard on the radio this afternoon that they are trying to get rid of it. Some redneck sounding guy called in and told the radio he didn't think helmets did that much to protect drivers and that it's a useless law. I beg to differ with this man. My uncle was in a really bad motorcycle wreck several years ago. He went flying off his motorcycle head first and hit the concrete. The doctors said had he not been wearing a helmet he would be dead today. I was stunned when I went to visit my dad in Arizona and saw some guy driving around with no helmet on. That's when dad told me they aren't required to wear helmets there. I suppose it's everyones choice but it just doesn't sound safe to me.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
It doesn't sound safe to me either. The same goes for kids riding bicycles without a helmet.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
I'm with you. Even though it's not going to help that much when you get in a wreck, it still helps to protect your head. It's like having seatbelts in airplanes. It's not going to help a lot if you crash, but it still makes you feel safer.
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@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
22 Jun 07
This is hard. I believe in individual rights, and I don't believe in legislation to take the place of common sense. On the other hand, those few riders who do survive a serious helmetless crash sometimes sustain life-altering brain injuries that require a lifetime of care. If they aren't wealthy, and they survive for years, they may wind up having their care paid for by the state. That makes it a concern to all. I generally favor helmet laws, although I'm more concerned about bicycle helmets than motorcycles. I don't understand why there hasn't been applications of modern plastics and construction techniques to reduce the terrible blind spots caused by motorcycle helmets. Perhaps the answer is to require a "helmetless" clause on motorcycle policies. If you wish to ride without, you have to buy more insurance. I guess they would have to make it so that if you don't buy the extra insurance, and you are stopped by a cop or in an accident without a helmet, your insurance policy is void. Harsh, but I don't know how else you would compel compliance. Personally, I wear 'em to bike, and I would wear 'em on a motorcycle, too. There is a reasonable chance my head could hit the pavement every single time I mount up. My cranium is just too fragile to leave out there like an unprotected egg!
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I wonder if there is a "helmetless" clause on motocycle insurance. This is something maybe one of our fellow MyLot bikers could answer. That would be a good idea. I'm with you on individual rights which is why I'm torn about this law. And they do need to make better helmets to cut down on blind spots. But I don't think they can do anything about the heat and exhaustion caused by helmets.
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