There is a blog I follow regularly called Single Dad Laughing, recently he has published a couple of articles about his son’s stepfather who was involved in a motorcycle accident. The problem is that stepfather was not wearing a helmet and is in a coma with a skull fracture fighting for his life. As serious as this is, the most important thing that needs to be addressed is safety.
Despite my disagreement with the mandatory helmet laws in my state, I strongly urge all those who may read this to please wear your helmets and other protective gear. I have ridden motorcycle in the past and as I did research into safety gear, there is a common denominator. It is not just one piece of gear that will make the difference, I mean sure a helmet will protect your head but the other injuries you may sustain may be just as catastrophic. You see it is the combination of injuries that the body has difficulty recovering from, essentially it overwhelms the system.
I wanted to comment on the blog but I realized that it would be insensitive to rub salt in the wound of those who are dealing with such a horrific circumstance. So I urge you that despite the discomfort you may feel, or that there is no law that requires it, or simply that you like the wind in your hair, to please wear not only your helmet but all other safety gear that will keep you safe. Do not do it because I asked, or for any other reason other than you want to live and not put your family through such a terrible ordeal.
Several years ago while I was researching safety gear I came across a motorcycle forum and the subject of safety gear came up. One participant glibly said, “I’m not wearing safety gear, I don’t care what any of you gear nazi’s say.” How unfortunate it would be for this rider’s family to have to get the phone call similar to SDL’s that said he was in a coma and they were unsure if he would live.
If you ride, the benefits of wearing gear certainly outweigh the pain; many will cite comfort or enjoyment as the reason they do not wear gear. How can any of these reasons compare to coming home to your loved ones every night?
Although accidents cannot always be prevented, you can help prevent significant and serious injuries by wearing proper protective gear.
On a last note, just because I disagree with requiring a helmet does not mean I disagree with wearing a helmet. I believe that motorcycle riders should be smart enough to wear a helmet without it being required. Because the consequences of not wearing one is worse.