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Motorcycle helmets help, but don't prevent all crash injuries

Many states have laws requiring motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. However, Pennsylvania does not. Nor does Delaware, which requires riders to have a helmet in their possession while on the road, but not necessarily on their heads.

A bill before the legislature in that state would change the law to make it necessary to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. Many riders oppose such laws, saying whether or not to wear a helmet should be a personal choice.

Head injuries are among the most devastating results of motorcycle accidents. A brain injury can take away your cognitive ability, memory, and control over your body. Some victims never heal fully, and must live with the effects the rest of their lives. Activities they once enjoyed may now be impossible, and they may have to stop working and rely on others for support.

A story about the Delaware helmet bill has an example of how a rider’s life can be changed in the blink of an eye. A man was riding at the speed limit when a car pulled out in front of him. He was not able to get out of the way and crashed, suffering a traumatic brain injury.

The man was in a coma for six weeks, and it was 10 months before he left the hospital. Nearly three years later, he depends on his mother for his care.

A helmet may indeed be a good idea for riders and passengers to wear, but it is no guarantee that everyone will walk away unscathed from a crash with a car or truck. This is especially unfair when the accident would never have happened, if the other driver had not acted negligently.

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