Self-preservation is always an individual’s top priority. People’s first and strongest instinct is to keep themselves alive and relatively healthy. So why should motorcyclists be any different. The law should be reinstated because the death rate has increased without a strict law; the helmet protects from injuries, and is safe. The law requiring all Florida motorcyclists to wear helmets was repealed on July 1, 2000, and replaced by a new law called Florida Statutes Annotated Title XXIII Motor Vehicles Chapter 316State Uniform Traffic Control is allowing riders 21 and over to ride without a helmet as long as they carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance. After that the motorcycle deaths across the state went up 81%, deaths of riders under 21 nearly tripled and the average motorcycle related head injury expanded to more than four times the required $10,000 coverage un-helmeted riders must carry (Millman). These statistics have shown that not wearing a helmet is unsafe, half of these being deaths and injuries. Wearing a helmet should be required because it will protect against severe head injuries whether an accident is your fault or not. Helmets are protective because they shield your head from impact and can prevent concussions or even facial abrasions and broken bones. If you value your life and your brain, you will put on a helmet every time you ride on a motorcycle. Safety is the most important thing. Motorcyclists should be responsible for their lives and the lives of others. Sometimes motorcyclists are reckless and don’t make good decisions. That is why there needs to be a law requiring every motorcyclist to wear a helmet. It’s understandable that riders want their freedom, but after they get in an accident and get head injuries, their freedom wouldn’t matter anymore. When freedom and pride clash with being safe, being safe most likely would outweigh everything. In conclusion, it may be cool to not wear a helmet, but is way...
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