Tucson Representative Randall Friese has proposed a law requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets, with fines collected for violating the law going into a fund to help defray the medical costs of treating resulting head injuries.
The proposal includes a $500 fine for violators of the law. $300 of the fine will go into a fund that will pay for motorcycle head injury patients.
Shockingly, a similar proposed bill failed to pass last year. Arizona is a state of comparative negligence, so not only might a helmetless motorcycle rider suffer a serious head injury in a motor vehicle collision that was not their fault, but any claim against the at-fault driver would likely be reduced by the percentage that their own negligence (in not wearing a helmet) is to blame for their injuries.
Yes, motorcycle helmets may not be fashionable, but does that outweigh the safety benefits of wearing a helmet, not to mention the potential economic benefits of wearing a helmet.
Head injuries can be very costly to treat, with or without health insurance. More importantly, the residuals of a head injury can leave an individual with serious permanent cognitive deficits, such as impaired memory, speech, earning capacity, etc.
The costs associated with such permanent injuries can be devastating to the individual, their family, and potentially the government.
Of course, this all assumes the victim survives the collision and their injuries. Now is the time to put safety ahead of vanity. Please call your representatives and implore them to get behind this proposed bill.
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