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"That's just the way it goes. I just want to ride.'' Ben Roethlisberger
"We get tired of picking them off the ground and tired of going to a house to say an 18- or 19- or 20-year-old died in a motorcycle accident," IL state police Master Sgt. David Byrd
Do you know what hospital emergency rooms call motorcycles? 'Donor-cycles.' True.
No matter how fervently motorcycle enthusiasts defend their machines, they are, in the end, rolling death traps. Consider the odds.
A half ton of hot engine, heavy metal, sharp chrome--not to mention add-ons--barreling down the highway on two wheels, totally dependent on inertia to stay upright. And on the concentration and balance of its rider.
Weigh that against 2 to 5 ton cars and trucks rolling along solidly on 2 to 10 wheels. It's just plain not a fair fight.
According to the US Department of Transportation's motorcycle accident statistics, a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to die in an accident than a motor vehicle occupant.
Makes sense if you have a brain in your head. We all know seatbelts save lives because they prevent a driver or passenger from being ejected onto the highway -- or into a tree.
Anybody who's in an accident on a motorcycle will hit the highway--or that tree--regardless. No doors. No steel safety beams. No airbags. Just the wind and the 'hog' between the rider and the road.
So wearing safety gear would seem logical. Especially helmets. But nooo. It's against a cyclist's rights. What rights? To get killed? To kill others?
Read about it in the definitive study:
And what are individual states doing about it? Repealing helmet laws. Including Pennsylvania.
The likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
In single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slideout and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury.
Sometimes I'm just so proud to live here. Not.
Florida, you'd expect. They can't even figure out how to count votes, why would they care about a few more pieces of donor-cycle road kill on the highways?
But Illinois? Well, think about Chicago. The dead vote, why shouldn't the about-to-be-dead ride motocycles however they please?
"Two studies were released yesterday, concluding states that repeal laws like helmet requirements on motorcycles run the risk of increasing the number of deaths and health care costs as a result."
Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers' Super Bowl winning quarterback was badly injured today in a motorcycle crash. Ben's known for not wearing his helmet.
"In Illinois, one of only four states without a law requiring bikers to wear helmets, the number of motorcyclists annually injured jumped 15 percent between 2002 and 2004. Fatal crashes increased 36 percent."
What would happen if he stopped wearing his football helmet on the field? Given his idiotic behavior, you have to wonder ... maybe he already has.
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