Pennsylvania Lawmaker Seeks to Restore Helmet Law

The Associated Press reports that a Pennsylvania state legislator has submitted a bill to reverse the 2003 law that made wearing a helmet op...

The Associated Press reports that a Pennsylvania state legislator has submitted a bill to reverse the 2003 law that made wearing a helmet optional for riders 21 years and older...
But state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, has introduced legislation to reverse the law.

He said there are too many deaths and injuries suffered by helmetless motorcyclists and that the associated medical costs are driving up costs to the public.
Read the full article here...
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/70950.html

The old public healthcare burden excuse is always raised but never proven. Frankel doesn't provide actual numbers on how much helmetless riders have cost the state because it's impossible to determine the cost.

That is, in order to quantify the cost in dollars, he has to determine how much money helmetless riders have consumed in public healthcare versus how much money they would have saved if riders had wore helmets. Since it is impossible to measure the cost of hypothetical scenarios, it's all high-temperature banter.

Besides, it's very rare for public healthcare money to be spent on motorcycle accident victims mostly because these injuries are liability issues, and are paid out of liability insurance. And if not a liability case, it's paid out of group or private healthcare insurance.

Though, there is definitely a slim chance that a motorcycle accident victim who did not wear a helmet could wind up on the public dole. However, even if he was wearing a helmet, his injuries could be such that he still winds up on the public dole. Which begs the question, exactly how much money do helmets save the public, and is it worth taking away our freedom of choice?

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  1. Worth taking away our freedom of choice? That would depend on how much you are willing to fight for it. Your choice.

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  2. My brother in law is one of those motorcycle riders who wound up on the public dole... not because of his riding helmetless, though, but the total extent of his injuries required 21 days in intensive care, 5 months in the hospital, and at least two years requiring constant surveillance... well above the liability insurance coverage of the cager who pulled in front of him.

    I also think it would be impossible to put a price to what helmetless riding costs the public. As stated above, a lot more than the head can be involved and be severely debilitating to the rider involved.

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