Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Helmet; No Helmet

The debate continues, especially in light of Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethilsberger motorcycle crash yesterday. In Illinois, biker fatalities and serious injuries are way up.

On one hand, the amount and severity of injuries suffered by riders are monumental. Quite a bit of the cost of this damage is passed on to everyone else in the forms of higher premiums and taxes for those without catastrophic health care. On the other, we object strenuously to the "nanny state" mentality pervading this country whereby do-gooders decide what rules everyone else lives by.

Readers? Can you tell we're hurting for a topic?

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything is evolving from Benny not wearing a helmet. Nothing is being said about the motorist who turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle. I subscribe to the theory of "If it's your time, it's your time." Until that time, FEEL THE WIND!

6/14/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to ride without a helmet? No problem!!

We call those people DONORS!!!

Thank god for donors....... If all goes well, the doc's can harvest a heart, kidneys, liver, corneas, bone marrow and other useful stuff.

I love it when they don't wear a helmet, but insist on wearing those leather body-suits...... They wear the suits for protection, but say "screw the helmet"...... Keeps the "package" whole so that the doctor's don't have to look all over for vital organs!

Don't want to wear a helmet? No problem. Someone with liver failure or congestive heart failure will thank your family later.

6/14/2006 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous CG_FOP_QS@yahoo.com said...

speaking of lawsuits, how about this one?

6/14/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Illinois State Police there have been 40 fatal accidents in this state this year to date. There was no references to how many were not wearing helmets.

6/14/2006 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those donors also cost us all in the form of higher insurance costs and higher medical costs. The cost of an uninsured motorcyclist with catastrophic accident injuries are paid by all of us.

Did you folks think that someone just miraculously gives those skull fractured, internally injured, multiple crushed bone permanently disabled cycle injury folks free medical care followed by long term free medical or nursing home care?

We ALL pay. Increased medical costs and increased insurance costs. We ALL pay.

Most 25mph car accidents will have no serious injuries, not so for a 25mph motorcycle accident.

A Harley rider (who insisted on his god given right to not wear a helmet) was killed last year doing a stunt at 5mph. He fell off, hit his helmetless noggin and went to the big motorcycle rally in the sky.

Motorcycle accident injuries generate much more costs (lots of $$$) and those costs are passed to us all.

So go ahead, FEEL THE WIND. And I hope you will still feel the wind if you ever land in a motorised wheel chair with your drool cup in your lap. Don't worry though, your medical and nursing care will be covered by the rest of us.

Look for insurance companies to begin denying payment to accident victims who suffer head (or other serious) injuries without a helmet or protective gear. I think they call it contributory negligence.

Sure the motorist was at fault in PA but who was in surgery with a busted face, no teeth and knee injuries? Not the 62 year old car driver.

I will still ride but I pretend I am invisible to cars (I am) and ride as if all car drivers are trying to kill me (they are) and I wear a helmet and gear at all times. I still FEEL THE WIND, I just don't want to feel the bedpan sliding under my ass while lying in a hospital bed.

Yes, when it is your time, it is your time but I have cheated death numerous times already, I survived a high speed motorcycle crash on I-55, a Bell 3/4 face helmet saved my head from striking the pavement directly, instead of a nice wake and funeral I just got a headache, a stiff neck and road rash. I'm a believer, I now wear the best helmet I can buy and wear it all the time without exception. Also boots and abrasion resistant motorcycle clothes. I have gone down once more since then but not one inch of skin was lost thanks to tough motorcycle pants and coats.

Today they make mesh gear that still lets the wind through while protecting the rider in a fall.

It is true that there are two kinds of motorcycle riders: those who have gone down and those who will go down.

6/14/2006 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

Helmet.

The other day I saw a kid about 6 or 7 yrs old on the back of a bike, NO helmet!!

It's hard enough trying to work out on my biycle around here or even walk without some dumbass not paying attention...

6/14/2006 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is true that there are two kinds of motorcycle riders: those who have gone down and those who will go down.

6/14/2006 09:06:06 AM


Kinda like the people who work at Headquarters, eh?

6/14/2006 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MC helmet saved my life...wear the gear and don't take all these idiots on the road for granted.

6/14/2006 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nuff said; Stupid is as Stupid does! Forest Gump.

6/14/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous young said...

because of all the other doofuses on the road, my 1994 Harley Sportster is for sale. I cant take anymore of these jags in cars not caring if im on the road.

6/14/2006 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wah, Wah, Wah, he didn't wear a helmet, wah, wah, wah, it makes our insurance go up, wah, wah wah, their just organ donors, wah, wah, wah, a little kid on a bike wasn't wearing one wah,wah,wah....shut the fuck up you bunch of whining bitches. Not making an ass gasket in a public restroom is the only risk you'll ever take.

6/14/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...he said ass gasket...THAT WAS HILARIOUS!!!

6/14/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i allmost allways wear one but think it should be the adult riders choice.
most riders are workers and i don't have a problem with them getting some of their tax dollars back in long term medical care.
we have the coast guard rescuing wealthy yahtsmen and piolets who fuck up. i have seen gangbanger shit heads in L/T care because they forgot to duck bullets on their dope corner.
we can't pay for a working man when his fun goes bad?

6/14/2006 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The helmet won't help. Have you ever seen a motorcycle driving safely, and not weaving in and out of traffic? If you have kids/wife/mortgage and are flying around like an idiot then you get what you deserve. Don't expect me to buy a ticket to your benefit.

6/14/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out this link: http://www.r6messagenet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73669

Shows that wearing a helmet is good but the need to wear other protective gear

6/15/2006 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats good! when your kid gets killed without wearing a helmet, you can walk away and say 'Oh well!" waahh this, jagoff

6/15/2006 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

teach your kid whatever you want just don't try to push it on me.
asshole !

6/15/2006 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck the world

6/15/2006 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Westcidedog said...

12:59,
So in other words Jr. was cruising nice and easy minding his own business then next thing you know he got mowed down by granny making a left in front of him. A majority of accidents on bikes are caused by speed and the carelessness of the bike rider. Would a helmet make a difference if Jr. t-bones a car while he's doing 60 on a side street? Sorry but I don't think he'd survive.

I've been riding bikes for the last 20 years without a helmet. Yes, I've had to lay down the bike on a couple of occassions but I've always exercised due care and caution while riding. Accidents happen but more often than not stupidity kills first.

6/15/2006 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN Brother!

6/15/2006 07:52:00 PM  

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