Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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I'll interject my $0.02 on this one, although you two seem to be doing fine on your own.
To me, it is as simple as this, I could quickly search and come up with a number of instances where a person in a motorcycle accident would have survived a crash if they had been wearing a helmet, or the injuries would have been less devastating, as in the case of Gary Busey. I would challenge someone to show me an instance where a rider would have survived an accident had they NOT been wearing a helmet. It's possible there may have been some oddball, one-off, final destination instances, but those would be very few and far between I suspect.
The simple takeaway on that is that wearing a helmet increases your safety while riding while not decreasing your safety.
If I told you I had an investment that could possibly give you a 2% return on your money but was guaranteed to not lose anything and you can pull the money out at any time, would you not toss in whatever money you didn't need at the time? You might not make anything off of it, but you wouldn't lose anything for the effort. That's the way I see helmets. There is no guarantee that there will ever be a return on that investment, and I truly hope that I don't get one, but if I'm not wearing it at the point that I need it, I am guaranteed to suffer a loss.
As for Lenny, no, a helmet wouldn't have made a difference for him, but there is a real likelihood that, at some point, while he was on that wild ride onto the hood of that car, if his head had moved 1mm further to the side, that story would have ended in a very different way. It's easy to point at an incident and say "See, wearing a helmet would have made no difference," but in doing so you are ignoring the fact that it was pure luck he didn't need the helmet and luck is always a poor gameplan to have.
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