The Importance of Helmet Use Among Motorcyclists Essay example

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Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and exciting hobby. With gas prices at near all-time highs, it can also be a very economical way of getting around. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. In the spring of 2006, my brother received third-degree burns on both legs when the motorcycle he was riding was hit from behind by a straight truck. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and to this day I have no idea how he lived. He was lucky to have survived, but many others are not. To protect motorcyclists, laws should mandate all riders wear a helmet because statistics indicate that they prevent serious injury which, in turn, causes economic strain to society.
Motorcycle riders argue that the choice to wear or not to wear a
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The limited impact a helmet has on a rider’s hearing or vision is not out weighted by the safety of wearing a helmet (A. J. McKnight and A. S. McKnight 15).
While each of these issues is equally important, the primary reason to wear a motorcycle helmet is for safety during a crash. The NHTSA reports that in 2011, a motorcycle rider is thirty times more likely to die in a crash than their motor vehicle occupant equivalents, per vehicle mile traveled. Additionally, the NHTSA data states that helmets are estimated to be thirty-seven percent more effective in preventing a motorcycle rider from dying in a crash (“Traffic” 2, 7). If just by wearing a helmet, a rider’s chance of death greatly decreases and a helmet has a significant effect in preventing death, it is apparent that wearing a helmet is critically important to the safety of a rider.
Helmet laws, preferably universal helmet laws, are also an important part of providing safety to riders because they encourage riders to wear a helmet. A study completed by Daniel C. Norvell and Peter Cummings found that in seventy-two percent of study participants wore a helmet when the law required it. Conversely, only fifteen percent of study participants wore a helmet when it was not required by law (485). When analyzing 2008-2010 data provided by the NHTSA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) findings state that fatal injuries increased dramatically when

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