brier May 3, 2013 No Comments

In Florida it is not a requirement to wear a helmet while riding or operating a motorcycle as long as you are 21 years of age and have a minimum of $10,000 in health insurance coverage.  That right there should be an indicator that even though its not a law to wear a helmet, riding without one is a pretty big risk to take.  This law came into effect on July 1, 2000.  Since there there has been a 48.6% increase in
 motorcycle occupant deaths.

The risk of serious injury while riding a motorcycle is high enough when wearing a helmet so you are only further putting your body and life at risk by choosing not to wear one.  No “good hair day” is worth this risk.  Head injuries are one of the most serious types of trauma the body can experience, sadly, most are avoidable by taking the proper precautions that are commonly overlooked for reasons of convenience, fashion or lack of equipment.  Studies have proven that simply walking into something can cause a skull fracture, imagine then what hitting the pavement at 60 MPH can do to your head and body?

Besides the serious health and life risks, there are cosmetic ones as well.  Even if you are lucky enough to escape from an accident without serious injury, the chances of severe facial scarring are very high.  It is virtually impossible to hit the ground at that speed and not cause major damage to your face.  Having on a helmet with a face-mask will keep your head and face much better protected.

If none of these reasons are enough to help you understand the importance of wearing a helmet, take a moment think about whether or not you would want your child or loved ones to get on a motorcycle without the proper protection. That should make your decision to choose safety first a lot easier.