The subject has been debated for years, should the government have the right to force a motorcyclist to wear a helmet. You know of course that I have my own opinion on this, but this time I think I might surprise you.
There are hundreds of laws on the books that if you just look at the surface, seem like an infringement on our freedom. While some clearly are, I concede that it is necessary to protect the masses as opposed to the one. This is in no way in contradiction to my thoughts on gun rights basically because when you own a gun, it is completely under your control. When you ride a motorcycle, there are too many other drivers around that you have no control over.
It is the same theory behind forcing us to wear seat belts in cars. You think you have keep control over your vehicle on the highway, until some drunk driver comes along and shows you who is really in charge. That’s when you’ll be happy that you decided to be a good citizen and obey your seatbelt laws.
There are motorcycle helmets for women, motorcycle helmets for kids, and even motorcycle helmets for pets. Why? Because riding a bike puts your head at serious risk of injury and chances are that the guy that put you there isn’t going to have enough insurance to cover all that damage.
You are paying physically with the pain and suffering the motorcycle accident caused, we are paying financially for the cost of treating that massive head wound. Whether it be from our tax dollars or higher premiums on our own insurance in the end, someone has to pay.
So yes, my thought is that you should helmet up every time you get on your bike. So should your wife, your kid and even your dog. A motorcycle is a fast and unstable means of getting around, and you are at a higher risk of an accident than anyone else on the road.
Driver’s don’t see you, this is a fact. When we are out in a big car, protected by a ton of steel around us, we stop paying attention to the little bike whipping around the corner. Your small size compared to other vehicles automatically puts you at a higher risk for an accident.
So does the design of a motorcycle. It is a lot easier to keep control of a four wheeled vehicle than a two, especially when having to break hard. Admit it, how many times have you had to come to a screeching halt and ended up eating some pavement? That never happens to me when I am in my Buick.
You are putting yourself at risk just by choosing to ride a motorcycle which puts the rest of us at risk for having to pay for your injuries. Do yourself and us a favor and at least take every possible precaution, like a helmet, when heading out onto the open road.