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Not uncommon in the Riding Season..........here'a a story in my State, from this week:

"WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Motorcycle crashes like the one shortly after midnight on Route 15 in the Wethersfield area happen more frequently in warmer weather.

This one involved four motorcycles, some carrying passengers. The riders have been identified as Jonathan Garcia, 27, of East Hartford; Devin Marques, 22, of Hartford; Lyzmarie Martinez, 20, of East Hartford; and Luis Vazqez, 23, of Hartford. Vazquez was the only one of the four not wearing a helmet.

State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said, “Certainly, this is the time of season where, in fact, we have many motorcycles on the roads and highways of Connecticut, and motorists as well as motorcycle operators themselves need to exercise extreme caution, especially this time of year.”

The injuries are serious, but at this time, not life threatening.

Three of the four operators had on helmets. In Connecticut, wearing a helmet is not required by law. It’s an option that is not endorsed by trauma surgeons.

Dr. David Shapiro, chief of Surgical Critical Care at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, said, “I want people to know that motorcycles can be fun and great devices to have, and if they want to have them, then that’s their right. The thing that we ask from the medical side is, if you’re going to ride on a motorcycle, use a helmet.”

Shapiro added, “The most severe are the head injuries. Head injuries, spine injuries and lots of internal injuries are the things we see all the time in motorcycle crashes. When people are traveling at high speeds, they all of a sudden stop. And everything inside them kind of sloshes around, including our brains.”

Shapiro stresses that wearing one minimizes what doctors see in the trauma room. The Centers for Disease Control’s stats show the incidence of a head injury decreases by 70 percent and the risk of death drops by 30 percent."

I found it interesting that:

A. One of the four was not wearing a helmet, and is expected to live
B. The odds of death from head trauma, only improve by 30%, when
wearing one. I would have hoped the odds were higher!
C. I was happy to hear that, of the young folks involved in this
accident, at least THREE of them WERE wearing a helmet!

-Soupy
 

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My hubby was involved in an atv (remember the three wheelers?) and a dirt bike accident. His brother was riding the dirt bike and he was on the atv. They came up over a knoll, neither one knowing the other was coming the other way. They collided and the back wheel of the dirt bike slammed my hubby in the head. He was not wearing a helmet. He died three times on the way to the hospital, his uncle was an EMT and had to revive him. Doctors said he would be a vegtable and told my MIL to pull the plug. He spent three weeks in a coma before waking up, to the surprise of all the doctors. Spent another 3 months at Gaylord learning how to walk, and talk all over again. Though the doctors stated he was one in a million case, that if he was wearing a helmet, the way the tire hit him, it would have snapped his neck instantly. But they where wrong about him being a vegetable, I'm pretty sure they may have been wrong about the helmet. Either way, we aren't playing those odds anymore. Helmet, or no ride....I forgive him for forgetting things, tramatic brain injury effects you for the rest of your life.
 

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............................... Spent another 3 months at Gaylord learning how to walk, and talk all over again............................
My wife was stricken with M.S. back in 2006, and had to give up her 20 year Nursing career (RN and Nurse Manager). She did a good chunk of time at Gaylord, (we have something in common in that respect) learning how to function (walk, etc). again to some reasonable level.

I (therefore) can relate to your side of things, as the caregiver (which I still am).

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I live in AZ. no helmet requirement. I have been riding for a long time. After a friend of mine broke his jaw riding his CT70, I started saving my money, (I was 15 or so) and bought my first full face helmet from Linden (NJ) Kawasaki. I have been wearing one ever since. Helmets have saved me at least two times for sure. I have ridden with others one of which crashed, head injury, air lifted, no serious injury, just lots of pain for a while.

I think wearing a helmet is a choice, not a law, but.....I wear a helmet. :)
 
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