In my infinite wisdom I call such a person, intelligent enough to make his own decisions and accept the consequences. Call him a future organ donor if you like but at least he's not a sheep. He made his own decisions.
A person can "make their own decision" to wear a helmet as well! (Well, in some states, but, that's another issue entirely).
I'm not disagreeing with your decision there, but, I do not think it's fair to say that those who wear helmets are sheep, and those who don't are independent. We have reasons for whatever we do. There are two main reasons for wearing a helmet, the biggest one is safety, and for some of us it's comfort too. (Perhaps not on a short jaunt but on a long, 600 mile day, a good helmet and windshield go a long way at reducing fatigue. So do gloves, sturdy boots, and comfortable but protective clothing in fact!). Everyone has their reasons, and even if that reason is purely safety, studies, or statistics, I think that's perfectly reasonable.
It's perfectly reasonable to decide that the rewards outweight the risks and to prefer to ride without a helmet as well. But, and I don't want to step on any toes here, but common sense and consistent studies show that helmets are indeed safer than not wearing one. If you choose not to, and are willing to accept those risks, go for it! I don't necessarily agree with those who think that helmets don't do anything and their chances are the same with or without however.
In my opinion, demanding everyone where a helmet is a little hypocritical. After all, riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car, but we all do it because of how much we enjoy it. Yes it's true, the safer decision is a car! Much the same with a lid. The safer decision is a helmet. But that might not be the right decision for you. You must weight risk and reward, benefits vs downfalls. For myself and others, it's a helmet and protective clothing, for some, it's a half-helmet, for others, it's no helmet. All valid decisions made by (typically made by I should say, we all know some exceptions to these rules) intelligent, clear-headed adults.
Every once in a while someone will tell me that not wearing a helmet is SAFER. I don't agree with that, I just don't. The evidence isn't there to support that. But if you want to tell me it's your right as an adult human being to choose not to wear it? I'm right there with ya! We need to remember that there are those who want motorcycling to be banned in this country and in many of our states because of the dangers. We shouldn't set precedents of individual safety outweighing basic rights.
I hope I didn't step on any toes with that, but that's how I feel about the issue. Just get out there and ride! I enjoy discussions like this though! As long as they don't turn ugly, no need to take it personal or insult people who choose differently than you. But there IS a lot to learn out there to help us all make the best decision for ourselves.
OB I used this very argument at a staff meeting one morning because I got tired of being inundated with flawed misinterpreted figures from folks with their own agenda. Although I did it rather tongue in cheek they returned to the table the next morning with verifiable facts and a new outlook. Turned out the indisputable facts they were giving me the day before were in fact not so indisputable when the proper information was brought forth. We still came to basically the same conclusion but afterward they knew how and why the got there.
SWVA You got it brother. If the stats for the success of sex panther aren't good enough, nothing is.
I'm starting to wonder about you.
Whoru99 you do understand, every time I make a comment here I just lean back with a big grin on my face
and wonder what you'll come up with next don't ya? Ya did get the part about my wearing different helmets right? Doubt I would bother if I didn't think I needed one. All I needed was eyes and ears for that decision, not statistics. Good Lord! I just spent more for new leathers than I paid for my first car.
BTW, numbers never lie. i.e. the hospital statistics mentioned above. It's the source
You're right! Correlation DOES NOT equal causation. Correlation can simply lead us to investigate something. For example, if several students at a local high school develop lung cancer, some people wouldn't look farther than to say 'well, see, public education gives you cancer'. Others would investigate, find some old asbestos in the air, and find the causation, that caused the correlation!
With a helmet, we have a consistent correlation, which leads us to investigate things like fatal injuries. If you take all motorcycle fatalities, those without a helmet were 5 times more likely to have died of a head injury than those that did wear one. Incidentally, brain injuries are the number one cause of death for a motorcyclist in a crash! By investigating deeper, we can paint a picture that makes us reasonably sure that a motorcycle helmet is indeed safer, than not wearing one. Still up to you, of course, but I think the evidence is there. Furthermore, we have the important 'why', the reason, is helmets dissipate the energy of an impact and thus reduces the chance of a fatal or permanently disabling injury!
I'm like you, I hate misleading statistics. Especially when there is no 'why' attributed to it. The correlation only tells you where to look, it doesn't give you the answer. We must investigate the 'why', and evaluate WHY that correlation exists!