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What a beautiful point. I want to expand on it and address some common helmet law supporter hyperbole: All of the "shut up and wear your helmet" types constantly invoke the supposed cost to society of disabled motorcyclists.

So what is the cost to society? Enumerate it. If you don't have a reasonably supportable dollar figure, then your argument is pretty weak.
Can you just add up the lifetime social security benefits for all the helmetless Americans disabled in motorcycle accidents? The answer is no for several reasons:

[*]You can't assume that every helmetless disabled motorcycle accident victim would have been saved by a helmet. This is easy to prove: Many helmeted riders are disabled in motorcycle accidents.
[*]You can't assume that a helmeted rider, once saved from motorcycle accident induced disability, won't become disabled shortly thereafter for some other reason. This too, is easy to prove: Many people become disabled, sometimes through their own stupid, yet non-motorcycle related actions. Whether those people wore a helmet on their bikes or not is a moot point. So, you can't say for certain that a helmetless rider "never would have become disabled" had he worn a helmet. He may just have found some other way to become disabled.

Perhaps it would help us all to remember this simple truth: No matter who you are, or what you choose to do, someone else thinks you are an idiot.

So the guy in the beanie helmet thinks the helmetless rider is an idiot. You, in your Arai, think the beanie wearer is an idiot. Your father-in-law, with the SUV, thinks you're an idiot. There's no end to it. We can't idiot-proof the nation, because we're all idiots. So let idiots be idiots... with any luck, the people that you think are idiots will do themselves in before you do yourself in. Give them that freedom, and you're more likely to retain the same freedom for yourself.
 

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Boil it down: If you are counting every Social Security dollar paid to a helmetless accident vicitm as their "cost to society" then you are grossly overestimating that cost for the reasons above.

If you padlocked a helmet onto every motorcycle rider, you would still never recover all of those social security dollars, because riders will continue to maim themselves on and off their bikes.

Stupid people hurt themselves. Always have, always will. No law can stop it.
 

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Turnabout being fair play, should any of us have to support you when you become disabled? Maybe you're not wearing the absolute best spine protector on the way down to the 7-11. Maybe your insurance isn't as good as you think it is. So now that you're a quadrapalegic and your insurance is exhausted, why should I have to foot your social security benefits? Because that's what we all do. We all contribute so that the safety net is there for everyone. So you want someone to lose his benefits because he doesn't wear the same helmet as you? Maybe you should lose your benefits just for riding a motorcycle.

Are your social security contributions hurting you that much right now? Finding it hard to make ends meet with all the crippled helmetless riders eating the food off your plate? If so, then maybe you should sell your motorcycle.
 
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