Helmets are still important
In April, the state of Michigan repealed Michigan’s helmet law, allowing motorcyclists to ride without helmets as long as they carry extra insurance.
However, just because it’s no longer law in Michigan that you have to wear your helmet, we still think you should.
Even if you are fully in control of your bike at all times, and skilled at riding a motorcycle, accidents can happen. That’s why they’re called “accidents.”
Not only that, but even if you don’t make a mistake on the roadway that causes an accident, another driver might — maybe someone driving a car that is much larger than your motorcycle.
Also, living in Northern Michigan, we have other obstacles to watch out for on the roadways, such as deer and other wild animals crossing.
While we’ve seen a number of people riding without helmets, we’ve been impressed that we’ve seen very few riding on the highway without one. However, even a crash within the city limits at 25 miles per hour could be deadly.
According to the Michigan State Police, head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Helmets have a 37-percent effectiveness in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists. And per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are about 37 times as likely as passengers in a car to die in a traffic accident, and about nine times as likely to be injured.
We realize, some people just don’t like helmets. Maybe they’re uncomfortable. Maybe you don’t think they look very “cool.”
But when it comes down to it, riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and wearing a helmet makes it much safer. Instead of thinking about yourself in your decision whether to wear a helmet, think about your family and friends. How would they feel if the unthinkable happened? Wouldn’t you rather be a little bit safer for them?
While we’re at it, other safety attire can help prevent you from being injured severely as well. Always make sure you are wearing leather riding gear. Eye protection is also essential — you can find sunglasses that act as goggles in almost any bike shop.
Finally, take extra caution when riding your motorcycle. Remember, you are less visible than other vehicles on the roadway. Use your signals and think twice before pulling out in front of someone.
Taking these precautions will help ensure that you’re able to continue enjoying your motorcycle for a long time into the future.