Originally Posted by BobbySands
One, are you being intentionally thick or trying to use hyperbole to prove a(n incorrect) point? You know that's not what I'm trying to say. Yet, you typed those words anyway.
Two, in this forum there are a lot of people who ride a lot of miles a year. You're statistics mean nothing. Lots of us have taken a whack to the head with a stone or other object thrown up.
Most importantly, your logic is a miserable failure.
HEAD INJURIES-- not injuries to the body-- are the most dangerous, most lethal sort of injury to a motorcycle rider-- to a skateboarder, a hockey player, a cyclist. Which is why helmets are the focus here and there.
So here we have the facts, short and to the point:
Motorcycle riding is a dangerous manner of getting around.
There are some risks greater than others--including head injuries.
We should always attempt, if we care about our families, our health, our financial solvency, our career, or just being able to watch the footie match with a beer in our hand, to reduce these risks as much as possible.
To say, as you assert, that we can't remove all risk and therefore we shouldn't attempt to reduce a very clear, very dangerous, sometimes easily averted injury by wearing a helmet is absolute hog anus.
Not all accidents are survivable, even with the best kit.
But some, indeed most, are survivable.
We must do what we can to survive those accidents with as little injury as possible.
For the good of our loved ones, our personal health, and the civil society of which we are a part. (or not, depending on your locale)
I can't imagine anyone who would avoid taking the 10 seconds to put on a helmet that drastically reduces the chance of a serious head injury in the event of an accident. Just so they can have a tiny taste of extra personal freedom. If you had the common sense to wear a helmet in the first place than a helmet law has no effect on your personal freedom!
The human body can handle brutal punishment and still function reasonably well so its understandable that full gear is just an option. On the other hand, it doesn't take much of an impact to the head making you a dependent for life. After that you'll be nothing more than horrific emotional and financial baggage for your loved ones and anyone else you're involved with for the rest of you're life (and hopefully not theirs). All could have been avoided by just wearing a helmet..... If you don't understand why you need to wear a helmet than the government really does need to protect you from your own stupidity.
Besides what good is an adventure if you can't survive the first fall since you weren't wearing a helmet? If you wanted to finish your trip around the world wouldn't it be smart to try and survive it first? Ya know like all of the survival gear you'd bring with you to start a fire, cook your food, gather clean water, avoid heatstroke / hypothermia, and hunt for your food if required.