Motorcycle riders argue that the choice to wear or not to wear a motorcycle helmet is a personal one and universal helmet laws, laws which require all riders to wear a helmet, are a violation of their civil rights. In lawsuits against states with universal helmet laws, high courts were divided. Some states ruled that the universal helmet law was unconstitutional, such as in Illinois and Michigan. In other states, such as Massachusetts and Florida, the courts upheld the law (Marian and Bayer 210-211). To be sure, personal choice is something to be taken into consideration, however, concerns over personal safety and the safety of others should outweigh the personal choice in this matter.
Another argument against wearing a motorcycle helmet is that some riders insist that wearing a helmet limits vision and hearing, and endangers the rider. Nevertheless, a 1994 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study concluded just the opposite. The results of the study indicate that wearing a helmet while riding neither increases nor decreases the rider’s ability t...
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