monty wrote:Tell ya what: you put on any helmet you want to, and I'll run ya over with a 3/4-ton truck. Lemme know how you make out. //
Well since they all didn't die, and looking at some of the bikes and how they survived, it looks as if there were at least 3 in the margins that survived the crash. No telling if there would have been more with helmets on, I suspect so. That's the thing about Moto crashes sometimes, you get thrown well away from the bike, and if your head survives, the rest of you likely will too. I've been in a couple of road crashes on a Moto, and too many to count on a pedal bike at over 30 mph, and each time the helmet did its job, and either saved my life, or kept me from playing checkers with Gary Busey...
Yeah, pretty much this. Especially in urban areas. I saw more dead motorcyclists in 25 years in LA than all other deaths combined thru the course of my life. However that also takes into consideration GMR and other weekend-warrior riding areas.
Guy I work for used to be a Superbike pro. He won masters a couple of years ago. His son is (I believe) the only US Ducatti sponsored pro...trying to get to the bigs. Neither of them would ever think about riding without a helmet, even for fun. Wind blowing in your hair doesn't matter when your brains are across 10' of pavement.
But I'm all for Darwinian selection when it comes to most motorcyclists.
Though agree that this isn't about helmet law, but lax cross-state databases.
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