Helmet law II
As a follow-up to my letter, “Bring back Pa. helmet law” (July 18), I want people to know I started a petition on change.org. The petition has garnered 3,700 signatures.
Helmets save lives. When my nephew recently crashed his motorcycle, all he sustained were head injuries — no broken bones or internal injuries. Had he been wearing a helmet, it would have saved him from those injuries.
The no-helmet law creates a burden on families in the aftermath of accidents. It places a financial burden on the government, as most people who sustain these injuries are unable to pay for their medical care, so we tax-paying citizens bear the medical costs. Some are disabled for life, ending up on Social Security, Medicare or welfare.
And when a biker dies in an accident, we pay for that person's children via Social Security or welfare — another huge burden on our system.
I know most bikers disagree, but they need to realize that wearing a helmet will save their lives or prevent serious head injuries.
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