40 comments to “Booming Sales of Novelty Helmets Boost Toll of Motorcycle Deaths”

  1. Sergei

    A lady pulled out in front of me and I hit her then the car behind me was following too close and ran me over. I always wear my full face helmet. I strap mine on and snap the snap. Somehow during this, my helmet came off. By some miracle, I only had a small gash on my forehead. As for the rest, I spent 1 month in the hospital and didn’t walk for 12 weeks. Being a mother of three, not wearing a helmet is just not an acceptable risk, but should not be for anyone. If I would not have had it on and strapped correctly, I would not be here. Since my accident, there have been wrecks, mostly fatalities weekly on the news, where no helmet was worn. In my opinion, I believe wearing a half helmet is like taking half a chance, but then again mine came off. I feel it should be a law in every state to have to wear a helmet! People do not watch for us and I am tired of hearing so many times that we can get out of there way faster. I also feel that kids who get their license should have to go through something dealing with motorcycle safety.

  2. David Aguilar

    Most dumbasses that wear useless helmets also ride Harleys… Dumb choices by dumb people…

  3. Malcolm Dee

    Regardless of any type that you’re wearing , just make sure it is Dot Certified. Remember of your love ones :)

  4. Chris

    I know you are better off with a helmet than without. Of course there will be exceptions, but you have to go with the percentages. Its the same for seatbelts in cars. If your car suddenly goes into a lake, its probably better if you are not wearing a seatbelt, but you still have to go with the percentages.
    As for those who think they should be free to injure themselves- this can affect everyone when your insurance only covers the first $10k in lifesaving efforts at the hospital, then taxpayers cover the rest.

  5. Mark

    I laid a bike down (operator error) for the first time after riding 18 years and I was damn happy to have a DOT full face helmet. My head hit very hard and I had zero issues with my head… My dislocated shoulder was a gun time though.

    DOT Helmets are the result of science and anyone denying their efficacy is wrong. That’s not an opinion.

  6. tsc

    Helmet laws are nonaense. I have been riding since i was 15 tears old. 41 years now (yea i an old now). I have been in numerious accidents and I am still here. I have several scars, yes sime even in my head and wouldnt trade even one for a helmet. I however do know several individuals that are no longer here dispite wearing helmets. Study numbers can be skewed anyway the group doing the study wants. I can say for a fact helmets inhibit your vision, through off your balance and more. Intresting how no one has ever done a study on just how many more individual’s wearing helmets get into accidents than those who don’t, simply due to the impairments caused due the helments. I have a friend who is crippled that was right next to me because his helment prevented him from seeing what was comming when i did simply becauae my vision was not impaired. Bottom line his helmet screwed his life, my lack of helmet left me without a scratch. Helmet laws fall under George Carlton,s “it all bs and its bad for you.”

  7. David Slepkow

    This post underscores the importance of using proper safe helmets approved by the authorities.

  8. john garzaniti

    I love the look of novelty helmets but any helmet that is not DOT approved is not to be used by me while riding. I honestly didn’t know that there were higher standards that some helmets DOT helmets don’t meet and this information I was grateful to learn from other readers comments

  9. Old Poor Richard

    The disco ball helmet is a DOT certified novelty helmet. So it’s not fair to attack “novelty” helmets by name when the real issue is “non-certified” helmets.

    I support regulation of sale of non-DOT helmets as a consumer protection issue, but it’s not so much a motorcycling problem, and the overall impact is low. Individual riders should not be subject to law enforcement regarding the wearing of sub-standard helmets. More than half of all motorcycle fatalities are suffered by certified helmet wearing riders. The majority of deaths are caused either by injury to other than the head or else by trauma to the head which no helmet would be able to protect against.

  10. Steven

    I went to one of the websites that sells novelty helmets. They offer both DOT and novelty helmets. The novelty helmets explicitly state they are not DOT approved. I wear a DOT approved helmet when I ride (except in Sturgis where I wore a protective bandana or baseball hat. Yes, I know. I wanted to fit in.).

  11. Chris

    “Novelty helmets, by contrast, account for hundreds of deaths.” No, accidents account for deaths. Unless we breed a superior human being, it is not the government’s job to tell anybody what to do with their own lives. No government was ever started with the intention of having some stranger meddle in personal affairs.

  12. bill merck

    To the person above, I’ve been on a motorcycle for almost 40 years and had many accidents. I diddnt use a helmet and my head was fine my but my legs wernt! So how did a helmet help that.. You all talk about helmets I’ve had a friend die wearing a DOT app helmet when it got crushed. Any helmet worn gives a rider false sence of security, ANY HELMET!! You all need to fight your own war like stupid drivers. Because out of 100 crashes on motorcycles 80% were caused by idiot drivers..

  13. Trent B

    I generally prefer not to engage in arguments online such as this one, but this is a subject that i’m really quite passionate about. I do and always will wear a DOT (regulation) helmet when i ride. i have for years. It’s obviously safer. But that’s MY decision to make. I ride for freedom. ANY biker would back me up on that. I realize that someone who doesn’t ride probably looks at us hooligans on our two wheeled death traps and thinks “what in the hell is wrong with these people”, because it’s dangerous. There aren’t many people that will seriously argue that life on two wheels is safe. What me, and countless bikers are arguing is that despite it being dangerous, it’s OUR choice. Each and every one of us is gifted with a life of our own. It should be no one’s decision but our own what risks we are able to take with it. If we keep everyone alive by restricting our ability to chose how we go about our own lives, than what will we really accomplish? Is this truly a world that we want to live in? I cringe every time i hear about someone dying on two wheels but I also know that they’ve died knowing the risks and doing something that they loved. When I see someone cruising down the road in a t-shirt with no helmet, I don’t think that the person is stupid, i think that he’s living on the edge, and there’s truly NOTHING wrong with that. If you’ve read this far, than i’ll just ask one thing, and that’s that you think RATIONALLY about this topic. You don’t want to have your daily activities monitored and regulated to make sure that you aren’t doing anything that could be a risk, so PLEASE do not regulate ours. -Sincerely, every biker out there.

  14. Woody

    Have any of you been in a motorcycle accident ? I have and had I not been wearing a helmet I would have died ! My head hit the curb so hard it put a dent about thre inches into the shell. Unfortunately the safety of the helmet is not the issue at all, it is the way it looks period, nobody wants to look like dipshit while they are riding they’re bad ass motorcycle just like you never wanted to be the retard whos mother made them wear a bicycle helmet that was twice the size of they’re head! For fucksake some helmet maker out there make a fuckin helmet that looks like the novelty helmets since those are the ones everyone wears. Ther has got to be something out there that works better is lighter stronger and easily cooler than a dot helmet. I wear a helmet every time I’m on my bike , I like what little brain I have.

  15. Ed

    People who argue for the government to protect us from ourselves are always the same types. You can cite all the statistics and studies you want. None of them addresses the argument. Freedom is the argument. You like to smoke? Go ahead. You can’t do it anywhere except outside far enough away so no bureaucrat can smell it, but go ahead. Your health coverage, now mandated and soon to be part of the public interest, will be the argument against anything you do that involves the slightest risk. What? You want to go mountain climbing? Didn’t you see what happened on Everest? Are you insane? You want to drink? Do have any idea what that does to your liver?? You like guns? Holy crap, those things kill people!! Whatthefuckever. Freedom is exhilarating. You want to live to a hundred, go ahead. Wrap yourself in bubble wrap, and avoid everything with risk. Just don’t crash my party you boring fuck. If you enjoy risk, you are probably a vibrant being. This pisses off all the little bureaucratic micro-managing types who hate you for being the life of the party. Hey, if it kicks us out of the gene pool earlier, so much the better for you little piss ants, so leave us alone to squander our lives as we see fit.

  16. Bundaschlagen

    You ALL Go To HELL & You Die!!!! America was SUPPOSED to be a FREE Country!!! It’s NOT the Government’s JOB to Protect Me from Myself!!! Remember the Motto “Live Free or Die”??? IF I Can’t Hurt ANYONE but Myself, I should be FREE to Live my Life in FREEDOM!!! Freedom from Oppression & Freedom from being FORCED to Wear a STUPID ASS HELMET, in order to Ride my Motorcycles!!! In Closing I’d like to leave you w/ these Words. * I’m NOT Wearing this Helmet by Choice!!! Let Those Who Ride Decide!!! ABOLISH the Mandatory Helmet Laws!!! HELMET LAWS SUCK!!!

  17. Bob

    @ Red Barron:
    So you can do math. Nice. The rest is flawed. The heaviest motorcycle helmets are just over 3 pounds. Still plenty of force, should the rider’s body stop but not his head. But motorcycle riders are not strapped to their bikes like car drivers in their seats, so in most motorcycle crashes, the weight of the helmet does not play a significant role and does not produce neck injuries. Most of the time. But only a fool would deny the fact that the benefits of wearing a helmet by far outweigh the risks.
    Look up COST 327.

  18. Bob

    @ McBolt (December 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm):
    First of all, there is more than one way to spell “due”, LOL.
    Next, if you are going to write a comment, please do the research and stop writing fairy tales you heard from someone who heard it from someone who heard it from someone.
    Your reckoning is dead wrong: head trauma deaths account for 34% of motorcyclist deaths, not 4% as you falsely claim (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2446440/). This study is based on head trauma vs. non-head trauma deaths, just as you wished.
    NHTSA does not test helmets, as you again misrepresent in your unqualified comments. DOT contracts independent testing labs across the country to test for them. You can look up and download (in PDF format) the complete test results (Name of equipment used, temperature, graphs etc.) on the DOT website. In recent years, the fail rate IN THE TEST RESULTS (not representative for all helmet manufacturers) has risen because DOT now concentrates more on known violators due to budget restrictions. Again, do your homework. Your comments are utterly unqualified.
    DOT is actually one of the best standards in the world, being only slightly inferior to the European ECE 22.05 standard. SNELL is one of the worst standards because the expanded polystyrene liner is usually harder and less able to absorb impact energy than a good DOT-only helmet. (see “Blowing the Lid Off”, Motorcyclist Magazine, May 2005). Also, look up the motorcycle helmet crash test results published by NHTSA every year: often, the expensive, name-brand (and SNELL-approved) helmets fail the FMVSS 218 test and must be recalled. SNELL = hard = bad for the brain. Often, the cheaper, non-SNELL-approved helmets provide better protection. Example from the MOTORCYCLIST test: 160g’s for the best DOT-only helmet, 230g’s for a SNELL-approved helmet.
    That’s a 30-percent difference, which could mean the difference between life and death. I, personally, will not wear a SNELL-approved helmet unless I can find test results proving the helmet provides good impact-absorbing qualities.
    Next, you cannot compare race car crashes to motorcycle crashes. Dale Earnhardt’s body stopped suddenly during impact because he was securely belted into his seat. His head, however, was NOT secured and kept moving forward after his body stopped, causing his skull to detach from his spine (ironically, Earnhardt was opposed to wearing a HANS device and would have had a much better chance of survival had he been wearing one).
    Motorcycle riders are not strapped to their motorcycles and suffer very different forces than car crash victims. The first study I referred to above actually states that, contrary to popular belief, the added weight of a motorcycle helmet does NOT increase the chance of neck injuries.
    For more information on motorcycle crashes and related head injuries, please refer to the European COST 327 study, the most comprehensive motorcycle helmet protection study worldwide to date.
    As I mentioned in a previous comment: Many people making statements here are either not informed enough or not smart enough to make qualified judgments. Don’t be one of them. Do your homework.
    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” ― Mark Twain

  19. McBolt

    Only 4% of all motorcycle deaths are due to head trauma. Something the “death” figures never quite show. Also, unless comparing the increasing number of accidents with registered motorcycles or licensed drivers, the figure means nothing. Motorcycle helmets due not cause accidents nor due they prevent them. So if you are going to talk about how many lives would saved it would need to be broken down to head trauma accidents/deaths. And yes that little law of physics when an added weight travels at a given speed…the real weight increases…you know the thing that killed Dale Earnhardt. FMVSS218 certified? NHTSA only tests approx 30 helmets per year, out of which 30% fail. All DOT helmets are “self certified” that is why they are not legal in Europe and most pro am motorcycle race courses will not accept a DOT unless it has another certification. Oh…and if the DOT joke actually passes FMVSS218…the impact test is for 13.2 MPH. Helmet laws have never been about safety

  20. YJMC Spock

    I love seeing people riding down the road in shorts and t-shirt, but they’ve got their full helmet on!

    C’mon people, use common sense; motorcycles are dangerous, but stupidity is a killer! At 44, I have have been on motorcycles for 40 years and haven’t worn a helmet in 26 years (except in states that require them) and I am still ridin’ and walkin’.

    I know dozens of bikers who have died with a helmet on and off. If you want to wear one, so be it, but it is not the gov’mint’s job to regulate how I ride.

    Life is dangerous, look twice and fuck helmets.


  21. RobG

    I love how the anti-helmet crowd likes to chime in that helmets cause deaths, yet I find it morbidly amusing that a guy (on a Harley of course) died protesting helmet laws when he had a slow speed crash and his head slammed into the pavement, killing him. A helmet would have saved his life.

    As others have pointed out, proper safety gear combined with better training would be great. And I mean FOR CAR drivers as well as motorcyclists. I grow so tired of seeing people driving stupidly because they don’t pay enough attention.

  22. JohnB

    While I would agree that an approved/certified safety helmet that meets federal standards is by far more protective and would overwhelmingly prevent serious injuries as opposed to a novelty helmet, I would like to see a follow-up on licensing, training and education. Unfortunately, too often the media and public look at safety helmets as a solution to prevent injury and/or death, when in fact preventing a collision or crash from taking place is what can save a motorcyclist and their passengers. Training for new and so-called experienced riders provides them with the tools they need to ride responsibly; Licensing/Endorsements to prove the rider can demonstrate safe riding skills; and Education not just for the riders but for drivers of all vehicles as well to “look twice, save a life®”.
    There are a lot more motorcycles on the road today than there were two, four, or ten years ago. Yes, there are more accidents, injuries, and fatalities. However, if we look at the total number of motorcycle registrations I think we would see these numbers in a different light…possibly even being down as a percentage as opposed to being up. The report statistics completely leave out the facts of whether the collisions were caused by another motorist or if the rider lost control. Wearing a helmet does not prevent a collision from happening, only (possibly) reduces a serious head injury. This report does not state how a rider should dress appropriately with gloves, long-sleeve shirt, pants, and over-the-ankle boots; injuries to other body parts can be just as serious, even deadly, due to improper riding apparel even if the rider or passenger were wearing true safety helmets.
    Novelty helmets definitely do not have a place anywhere but a shelf, but to truly reduce future injuries and fatalities, we need to provide proper education and (continuous) rider safety training of both the motorcyclists and the general driving (vehicle) public. I think it would be more beneficial if we would discuss and promote motorcycle rider education. Investigate why state legislatures ‘raid’ funds that had already been set aside for training or education.
    As the FairWarning report states how Donahoe “…was cutting through traffic, misjudged a car” and “…rode like an idiot”. That in itself should be the subject of the report, not novelty helmets. To provide a report that more or less states that all you need to do is strap on a federally-approved safety helmet to survive a motorcycle collision is the worst piece of advice to give to anyone getting on a motorcycle.

  23. Red Barron

    Those that would give up essential Liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither. Benjamin Franklin

    A 5lb helmet becomes a 300lb object at 60mph. The neck is the weakest link of the body. Helmets can increase injury and cause death.

    Leave me the fuck alone!

  24. Aallynn Pero

    I have owned and operated a Funeral Home for more than 30 years, been riding 45+, my brother, not a rider, has been a Neurosurgeon for 25 years +. What do we have in common? I bury just as many helmet wearing riders as non-helmet wearing riders. The only difference, the time frame. My Brother has many a rider wheeled in after riding two wheels that roll out on four, a wheel chair. I wear a helmet when I ride even though my state does not require it. It is an ultra light weight; no longer DOT approved yet not necessarily considered “Novelty” class. Why, because a childhood friend and I were sitting at a stop light when the car behind us was shoved into us both by the car with the girl on the phone. I was wearing an old Biltwell 3/4 face helmet; Richard was wearing a Shoie full face flip-up. I received a concussion, from which I have fully recovered, when we hit the front bumper of the SAAB 9-5 that was slammed into us. Richard, he is now a Christopher Reeves, his brain stem stretched by the sheer weight of the helmet as his head was snapped rearward then rebounding forward. A total shock weight of 38#’s of force as calculated by a Math Wiz doing a study on whiplash injuries. THE POINT, both of us are listed in the statistics compiled and so widely touted by the NHTSA as “SURVIVORS” saved by the use of a helmet. The ONLY statistic they compile. The truth that you will never hear spoken is that my best friend DIED in that accident, I will just bury him later. My little “Gumball” helmet saved my noggin, no doubt in my mind, Richard was killed by his. Now the DOT and NHTSA want to write even tougher standards for helmets that will only add even more killing weight to them. These people do NOT ride nor do they ever want to mention or have mentioned the fact that since the early ’80’s when helmet laws really started taking off, payments for what the insurance companies call “Payments of Conscious” or chronic / debilitating injury payments have risen over 3000 percent, and rising. My Brother sees so many every year, some get somewhat better, some just die, and some just die very slowly. He cringes at the thought of the increase he will see in crippled for life patients if heavier helmets start emerging. He would give anything to be able to sit down with the NHTSA and engineers and discuss the design of helmets that would keep your “egg” from being cracked as well as leaving your brain stem undamaged. But the Govt. bureaucracy is what we are talking about, so do not hold your breath. And me, I will keep riding now with my Outlaw Ultra Low, a once DOT approved but no longer but tested to 90% of current standards while only weighing 2.6#’s. And I will continue to bury my fellow riders, helmeted or not.

  25. John

    For you self-riteous fools who think the rider should decide whether or not to wear a helmet: that would be fine if those ignorant riders were fully insured with adequate health insurance to cover the costs of their medical bills. My last wreck involved a distracted driver who turned left in front of me. My bills were $400,000 and his coverage, more than the state minimums, was $50,000. You do the math. I wonder what my bills would have been if I had added brain injuries to the equation. My full-face helmet saved my life and a lot more money in outrageously overpriced medical bills. And, yes, DOT-approved half and 3/4 helmets are useless when you’re sliding, face-first along the pavement.

  26. Kim

    I was in an accident 6 months ago on my way home from work. A lady pulled out in front of me and I hit her then the car behind me was following too close and ran me over. I always wear my full face helmet. I strap mine on and snap the snap. Somehow during this my helmet came off. By some miracle I only had a small gash on my forehead. As for the rest I spent 1 month in the hospital and didn’t walk for 12 weeks. Being a mother of three, not wearing a helmet is just not an acceptable risk, but should not be for anyone. If I would not have had it on and strapped correctly, I would not be here. Since my accident there have been wrecks, mostly fatalities weekly on the news, where no helmet was worn. In my opinion, I believe wearing a half helmet is like taking half a chance, but then again mine came off. I feel it should be a law in every state to have to wear a helmet! People do not watch for us and I am tired of hearing so many times that we can get out of there way faster. I also feel that kids who get there license should have to go through something dealing with motorcycle safety.

  27. brent schlender

    I ride a Vespa around town in the Bay Area. I doubt if I ever get above 45 mph, but speed isn’t what would kill me. It’s the impact from a car or from the pavement hitting my noggin. I hate wearing a helmet sometimes, but wouldn’t think of not doing so.

    I have other friends who ride these little beasts, and as a joke bought one of them stylized “Prussian Officer’s Helmet” with a spike on top. It was for his dog, who loved to ride in the sidecar. I was horrified one Sunday to see one of his daughters tooling around with that silly lid on her head. Inside it was clearly marked “For costume purposes only. Not intended for head protection. Always wear a DOT approved helmet when riding a motorcycle.”

    I told her dad, and he cut the chinstrap off. It sits better on the bookshelf that way. And the dog – a yellow Lab named Trooper, may he rest in peace – hated to wear it anyway. Anybody with a lick of sense would never wear one of those things while riding. Unfortunately, there are a lot of motorheads without a lick of sense. . . . . .

  28. Bob

    @ Reyn:

    I am wondering what your reasoning is for wanting to tell the world that you spent $750 on a helmet? You can get equal – and often even better – protection with a $150 model.
    According to test results published on the DOT website as well as a test performed by Motorcyclist magazine a few years ago, many expensive, name-brand helmets fail the FMVSS 218 standard or allow higher g-forces to reach the head form during testing than some of the cheaper models. More money does not necessarily equate to more protection. Neither does a SNELL sticker (rather the opposite is true according to tests).

    Before I bought my current helmet, I did plenty of research and found dealerships that allowed me to test-ride their helmets. In the end I decided on the lesser-known $800 model, not for bragging rights, but because the helmet did excellent in crash tests, has good ventilation which can be operated with winter gloves, a flip-down sun visor (before it became trendy), removable/washable padding, anti-fogging visor, and it is the quietest helmet on the market. The slightly less expensive, but more popular, so-called “top of the line” models did terrible in impact absorption tests, had tiny slits for ventilation with tiny pins you could not find or operate with summer gloves, and were very loud. Why spend $750 on an inferior helmet? Just because of the name?

    Some people are wary of so-called government control, but easily fall prey to marketing tactics of the consumer industry.

  29. Frostbite

    I totally agree with the non helmet wearing folks. “Let those who ride decide” sounds fine to me, don’t come crawling to assistance programs for medical bills through our tax dollars if you survive though. How many dollars is your brain worth to you? Full face or nothin’.

  30. Bob

    Very true. Riders are 60% likely to sustain an impact in the facial/forehead/chin area, according to COST327, the biggest helmet study ever done worldwide. It’s not chipped teeth or a broken nose, but rather brain damage that riders need to think about. Open-face half- and three-quarter helmets, even if FMVSS 218-compliant, provide zero protection for the most common impact – faceplant into the pavement.

    I have the impression that the article was very factual and not “attacking” in nature at all.

    Along with the “industry that creates jobs” are the jobs of ambulance, fire truck and hearst drivers, MEDEVAC helicopter pilots, police, EMT’s, doctors, nurses, surgeons, funeral home workers, clergy, towing and salvage crews, physical therapists, psychologists, counselors, judges, lawyers, insurance claim adjusters… just to name a few. Many of these jobs are paid for by tax payers. None of them are paid by the purchase of fake helmets. ONE permanently brain-damaged and/or physically disabled crash survivor will cost tax payers over $1 million over his/her remaining lifetime.
    And many of those “brain buckets” are manufactured in Asia, where child labor is common and workers earn pennies a day. So much for “adding revenue into the system”.

    I get the impression that most people screaming about how the government is trying to control our lives are not very educated about the facts.

  31. Bob

    @ Michael:
    There are many sayings among motorcyclists which can be placed into one of three categories:

    – Lies
    – Myths
    – Fairy Tales

    Here are some of my favorites:
    “I had to lay the bike down” (Just another way of saying, “I don’t know much about motorcycling, so I lost control and crashed my $20,000 bike”. Fact: If a rider had the time and available distance it took to perform the actions necessary to lay the bike down, he/she could just as well have applied the brakes and/or swerved around the obstacle, completely avoiding any kind of collision, and continued on their way).

    “I’ll go over the handlebars if I touch the front brake.” (Fact: The front brake provides 70-100% of the stopping power – depending on the motorcycle – and will stop the motorcycle in less than half the distance of the rear brake if used properly)

    “Motorcycles can stop faster than cars.” (Not true. They are about the same. Read the magazines.)

    “Loud pipes save lives”. (Statistically, motorcycles with aftermarket exhaust systems are more likely to be involved in a crash – see the “Hurt Report”. Instead of anticipating a problem and taking preventative or evasive action, many riders think the car driver will hear the motorcycle and not pull out in front of them. Fatal mistake. We humans rely mostly on our eyes, not our ears).

    “Push down on the handlebar/lean your body to make the motorcycle turn” (At anything over parking lot speeds, the inside handlebar MUST be moved FORWARD [momentarily pointing the front wheel in the opposite direction of the desired change of direction] in order to make the motorcycle lean. It’s called counter steering. Ask the Wright Brothers. Or just look up a credible article on the physics of turning a two-wheeled, single-track vehicle. Pushing down has no effect whatsoever, the bike will continue to go straight).

    “I’ve been riding for 20 years, so I don’t need to take a safety course.” (In my experience as a motorcycle and traffic safety training professional, many self-proclaimed “experienced” riders have the worst habits and don’t realize that they are in desperate need of training).

    “My bike is too big for the DMV circle”. LOL!!!! Complete novices can do that one after only a few hours on a bike. Most motorcycles are capable of performing the DMV test. Many of the owners are not.

    Michael, you need to learn that many people are either not informed enough or not smart enough to make their own decisions. Don’t be one of them.

  32. Tim

    I don’t see why they can’t just mandate that manufacturers have to place a big sticker on the novelty helmets that tell you that it does not provide any safety or protection.

  33. Louis V. Lombardo

    Thanks to FairWarning for another potentially lifesaving article.

    During the recent holy week of Christian religions, people were reminded of the scripture “forgive them for they know not what they do.” That may be true of many who buy or wear novelty helmets. But what about the makers and sellers of novelty helmets? And what about the NHTSA?

  34. Michael

    You people need to learn a big motorcycle saying:
    “Let Those Who Ride Decide”

  35. Bill

    So instead of educating riders and offering better choices we instead attack an industry that creates jobs and adds revenue into the system? Novelty helmets are not the problem. Not understanding the difference between novelty helmets and DOT helmets by consumers is the problem. You can’t regulate and or outlaw behavior. If that was the case there would be no crime. You can educate, knowledge is the most powerful tool ever used. Stop making the article attacking in nature, stop forcing a viewpoint on people and putting them on the defensive. Make the article about information, education, and safety awareness. No one wants to be told what to do, but many people respond when shown how to properly do something.

  36. Jim R

    “Seriously if you resort to cheaping out when protecting your head (or any other part of yourself) while riding that your OWN damn fault, go to a reputable dealer and buy a certified helmet and don’t look the government to hold your damn hand”

    The Government apparently needs to hold hands in this case though, as it’s the Government, and by extension, the tax payer who ended up paying most of Millers 500,000USD medical bills. The Government also spent the time and money prosecuting Donohoe for vehicular manslaughter and paying the fire service and police to deal with the accident scene. Implementing a better DOT sticker, educating riders properly at the MSF stage and enforcing it properly would be a lot cheaper in the long run. With the added benefit of people not losing friends and family.

    Unless you’re some kind of sociopath who just loves paying taxes this would be a win-win solution.

  37. Reyn Mansson

    Second time this organization has posted inflammatory motorcycle related stories. “NHTSA has estimated that as many as 754 people die each year in states with mandatory helmet laws” This is about 750 people that MIGHT be saved by a different helmet. The CDC says 450 people die a year from falling out of bed, should helmets be required there too?

    If motorcycle riders wanted good helmets they would buy them. I ride and I wear $750 top of the line full coverage helmets all the time but that is my choice.

    Motorcyclists don’t want to be saved especially by bureaucrats that don’t even ride.

  38. NatSel

    Natural selection.

  39. Common Sense

    Seriously if you resort to cheaping out when protecting your head (or any other part of yourself) while riding that your OWN damn fault, go to a reputable dealer and buy a certified helmet and don’t look the government to hold your damn hand

  40. Steven Sweat

    Head trauma is the single greatest cause of fatalities in motorcycle accident cases. This story emphasizes the importance of helmets that are approved by the DOT. Even “shorties” and other styles of helmets that are approved by the DOT but, do not provide full head and face protection don’t afford the motorcycle operator or passengers as much protection as possible. Thanks for the information!

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