Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Goal: Reduce injury and death by requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets.
Incidents of head injuries and death related to motorcycle accidents in Michigan have increased in the last three years. This is because of the repeal of the state’s mandatory helmet law that required all riders wear a helmet. One week after the repeal, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez began to notice a higher volume of motorcycle related patients being brought into the ER. The American Journal of Surgery reports that deaths at the scene of motorcycle accidents have quadrupled, and hospital deaths have tripled since the repeal. We must take action to protect the lives of motorcyclists by demanding that every person riding a motorcycle wear a helmet.
The average motorcycle can reach speeds up to 190 mph and lack the added protection typically provided by a car or truck; the consequences of a serious head injury at this speed can impair basic functions and require years of expensive therapy to correct. Cyclists who abstain from wearing a helmet are risking serious injury or death each time they ride.
There are 19 states in the U.S. that require motorcyclists to wear helmets, which is sadly not enough. It should be mandatory for all cyclists to wear protective gear each time they ride with strict penalties for violations. Please sign your name to this petition and urge Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to reinstate the helmet law and save lives.
Dear Governor Snyder,
The average motorcycle can reach speeds as high as 190 mph. At these speeds, serious injury and death are likely to occur without proper protection. While the likelihood of injury is still higher in motorcycle crashes than automobiles, the likelihood can be significantly lowered by requiring riders to wear helmets.
Mandatory helmet laws not only save lives but also reduce medical costs associated with motorcycle accidents. Non-helmeted riders pay an average of $27,760 in hospital fees versus $20,970 for helmeted riders. Along with lower medical costs, studies have shown riders not required to wear protective gear consume more alcohol than their counterparts. When you add up the inherent risk of motorcycle riding with alcohol and lack of proper protection, riders are putting their lives at risk each time they ride.
Please make it mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. They are already at greater risk of injury or death due to the nature of the activity. You can greatly reduce risk by reintroducing the helmet law, which will save lives and promote safety on your state’s roads.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Dennis Bratland