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Comments on: Are unhelmeted riders really costing us an arm and a leg? http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=134 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:45:33 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> Steve Johnson http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=134#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2006 22:16:37 -0800 11982:134@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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The &#8220;public burden&#8221; issue about unhelmeted riders is totally weak. You know what, if more automobile drivers wore helmets, there would be less money spent on public healthcare.
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The “public burden” issue about unhelmeted riders is totally weak. You know what, if more automobile drivers wore helmets, there would be less money spent on public healthcare.

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How about framing this in the proper context, i.e., the additional burden other motorcyclists must bear as a result (increased insurance rates, disqualification from certain health plans, AMA legal costs to fight mandatory cycling &#8217;safety&#8217; laws, etc.).
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How about framing this in the proper context, i.e., the additional burden other motorcyclists must bear as a result (increased insurance rates, disqualification from certain health plans, AMA legal costs to fight mandatory cycling ’safety’ laws, etc.).

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The referenced article that gives the number of people killed last year does not give a reason why that number was killed, just that the number has doubled since repealing the mandatory helmet law, and that there are more deaths per mile driven. As we all know, the number of motorcyclists has risen dramatically over the past 10-15 years, and most of those are recreational (weekend/fairweather) riders. These are also the ones who have the least experience and are not as likely to receive rider training. Because they don&#8217;t ride very far or often, I can understand the death per miles ridden has gone up. The other problem with the number of deaths, is that the article doesn&#8217;t tell how many of those were wearing helmets at the time. The conclusions that are drawn are only obvious to the person writing the article, and Senator Lautenberg who is trying to make a name for himself.
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The referenced article that gives the number of people killed last year does not give a reason why that number was killed, just that the number has doubled since repealing the mandatory helmet law, and that there are more deaths per mile driven. As we all know, the number of motorcyclists has risen dramatically over the past 10-15 years, and most of those are recreational (weekend/fairweather) riders. These are also the ones who have the least experience and are not as likely to receive rider training. Because they don’t ride very far or often, I can understand the death per miles ridden has gone up. The other problem with the number of deaths, is that the article doesn’t tell how many of those were wearing helmets at the time. The conclusions that are drawn are only obvious to the person writing the article, and Senator Lautenberg who is trying to make a name for himself.

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While motorcycle fatalities have increased over 100% since 1997 and states without helmet laws have 41% more deaths they still account for only .15% of all deaths in the US - compared to 66% for heart attacks, cancer and respiratory illnesses. You still have a 1 in 84 chance of being killed in a car/truck vs a 1 in 1008 chance of being killed in a motorcycle accident (you have a greater chance of being killed tripping, walking across the street or drowning&#8230;). While the Lautenberg report does not mention why they are focusing on Motorcycle riders there are 75K injuries vs 2.6 MILLION injuries from automobile crashes - 3% for motorcycles which is the same amount as for Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents. Statistically they really should be focusing on seat belt use (over 40% of fatal accidents find people without belts on) and drinking (over 30% of accidents involve drinking) or autos in general which outstrip cycle accidents by an over 20:1 margin.
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While motorcycle fatalities have increased over 100% since 1997 and states without helmet laws have 41% more deaths they still account for only .15% of all deaths in the US - compared to 66% for heart attacks, cancer and respiratory illnesses.

You still have a 1 in 84 chance of being killed in a car/truck vs a 1 in 1008 chance of being killed in a motorcycle accident (you have a greater chance of being killed tripping, walking across the street or drowning…).

While the Lautenberg report does not mention why they are focusing on Motorcycle riders there are 75K injuries vs 2.6 MILLION injuries from automobile crashes - 3% for motorcycles which is the same amount as for Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents.

Statistically they really should be focusing on seat belt use (over 40% of fatal accidents find people without belts on) and drinking (over 30% of accidents involve drinking) or autos in general which outstrip cycle accidents by an over 20:1 margin.

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OMG. You must be completely out of your mind. I wonder if you really ride motorbikes!!! WTF people? What is wrong with this country? I am from Europe where not wearing a helmet is illegal. I can understand people from U.S. when they argue that they just dont like wearing helmets. But when they argue that helmets dont save lives (some of them do, dont they?)&#8230;thats just comic man. You are like the mickey mouse of riders. Get a helmet&#8230;pfff. Seriously now, have you ever been involved at a serious accident with your bike? I dont think so. Probably you ride around your house block at 15 mph wearing your sleepers&#8230;What a shame
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OMG. You must be completely out of your mind. I wonder if you really ride motorbikes!!! WTF people? What is wrong with this country? I am from Europe where not wearing a helmet is illegal. I can understand people from U.S. when they argue that they just dont like wearing helmets. But when they argue that helmets dont save lives (some of them do, dont they?)…thats just comic man. You are like the mickey mouse of riders. Get a helmet…pfff. Seriously now, have you ever been involved at a serious accident with your bike? I dont think so. Probably you ride around your house block at 15 mph wearing your sleepers…What a shame

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