Lots of people who ride motorcycles want to ride them without helmets. If the state or Federal Government forces riders to wear helmets, it is an infringement of their liberty and another example of Big Government interference in their lives and ours. That’s the argument at least and because of intense lobbying from motorcycle riders, dozens of states have repealed their helmet laws.
This is the classic argument of, “just stay out of my life, man. It ain’t none of your business.” Unfortunately, if the government stays out of your life, it has to reach into my pocket. 4,500 bikers are getting killed in accidents every year. That’s not the problem as far as I am concerned. If you are foolish enough to ride your motorcycle without a helmet and get into a crash and die, then that is your business. Yes, you will leave grieving family, friends, children et al who will never be the same because of your stupidity of riding without an approved helmet but what the hell.
This is the problem:
Why should we as taxpayers foot the bill for your brain injury because you refused to wear a motorcycle helmet approved by the US Department of Transportation? (Many motorcycle helmets you see people wearing are decorative and don’t meet government protection standards.) I think the answer is obvious: we should not. Of course, we could require motorcyclists to carry medical liability coverage. A few states do. The highest amount required is $20,000 – not a lot for life time care for a brain injury. Here is a fascinating article about this.
Here is a good pic of what is left of a motorcycle that slid under a truck.
[Source: Mother Jones.]