Motorcycle Helmet Law

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Motorcycle Helmet Law Millions of people all over the United States choose motorcycles over automobiles for the thrill, speed, and high performance capabilities. On the other hand, motorcycles are not at all the safest way of transportation. Helmets should be required while riding a motorcycle because, it will help prevent death, it will reduce the amount of injuries, and it will save the economy money. When a person falls off of a motorcycle and they are not wearing a helmet, they only have their scalp to protect them. Helmets drastically reduce the tremendous number of deaths caused by head injuries as well as reducing the severity of any nonfatal injuries to the head. In 2010 there were about 3700 people who were killed in motorcycle accidents (Naumann). With the helmet law in effect, close to 100 percent of motorcyclists wear a helmet. Without the law, only 50 percent of motorcyclists wear helmets. Also, death rates are twice as high in states without the law (Watson). Motorcycle accidents are caused by motorcyclists that operate their vehicles without wearing proper protection. A safe and secure cyclist wears a helmet if riding one mile or two hundred miles. Without a helmet, a person is leaving themselves open for the potential for many different types of injuries when riding a motorcycle, in particular injuries to the brain. Motorcycles do not provide the passenger with the outer protection that cars provide, therefore, when one crashes, the results are usually much more serious. Head injury is the leading cause of death in the United States. Injuries to the head are responsible for 76 percent of fatalities when dealing with motorcycle crashes many of which could have been prevented had the rider been wearing a helmet (Neiman). Helmets also prevent eye injuries from dust and debris thrown up by other vehicles on the road. Wearing a properly
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