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Old 01-28-2010, 05:50 PM   #21
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The real FLAW in their statistics is this

Fatalities are reported. I've had a dozen wrecks that would've been had I not been wearing a helmet. Thanks to my helmet, I loaded my bike & dumbass self up & went home. No statistic was the wiser.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:58 PM   #22
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blah...i did the numbers a couple weeks ago. Their "sudden upward trend" in the data amounts to 5 deaths in Texas a year.

Helmets save lives, and deaths are increasing, but helmet laws for whatever reason are only 2-4% effective. So the rest of their numbers are all hocus pocus. Death rates have been increasing, but helmet use rate is steady, meaning that helmets aren't the problem to be worried about.
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Many HD guys I know say that helmets are restrictive and obscures their vision.

My response is well if you cant fkn see me when you ride then dont at all.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:25 PM   #24
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Mammothmc made a good point that was also alluded to in the Hurtt report.
My wreck (3090) wasn't reported but it wouldn't have been good...
I think my face landed first...
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:57 AM   #25
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Ok, exactly how are riders not wearing helmets, having an adverse effect on highway safety?


Has there been an increase in crashes due to riders not wearing helmets?
Did we have an increase in bug strikes or flying debris, causing more helmetless riders to crash?
I would imagine what they meant was, Texas makes an attempt to keep the roads safer with repairs, signs, laws and enforcement. Someone somewhere is keeping tabs on injuries and fatalities. Wrecks where a rider isn't wearing a helmet results in higher fatality rates which in turn lowers the states highway safety rating. States that require helmets on riders will inversely have a higher safety rating regardless of bugs or debris.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:23 PM   #26
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All I have to do to validate wearing helmets is to look at my old helmets that I was wearing when I crashed, bicycle and motorcycle. Yeah, I've had concussions wearing them, but without them I can only think that the injuries would've been worse.

Funny, but when I mention that a full face helmet probably saved my nose, as large and ugly as it may be, many non helmeted riders rethink their practice. Is cosmetics really more important?

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:44 PM   #27
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Even this lady knows the importance of helmets.

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Took me a second to see what was going on...
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