Listen to M Snowbarger, he knows what happens to a brain when it contacts pavement after a fall. This officer was also first at the scene of my bicycle accident on Christmas Day 2005, and helped me out (Thanks!) I was also wearing a bike helmet that day, and would probably be not here or not able to operate a computer if one was not used. My head/helmet impacted the pavement, and I had vision & dizziness problems for three months due to a concussion from flying 25 feet in the air. A moto helmet would also protect the head immensely, considering the speeds a person would fall onto pavement. I have a neighbor who was injured in a fight recently, and he is still in rehab learning how to walk again from the head injury he suffers from. He may never fully recover his motor functions, and that's just from a physical fight. I saw the aftermath of a Harley accident outside Durango a few years ago, and never saw exposed brains until witnessing that scene. The victim was woman, and she used to be pretty until her brains popped out of her skull. She probably thought nothing would ever happen to her without a helmet too.My condolences to the Peek family.
I was one of the Officers that investigated this tragedy. I will not discuss this particular case, but will relate the facts of SEVERAL fatal motorcycle crashes I have investigated. In EVERY ONE of the fatals I have worked, NONE of the riders were wearing a helmet. All would have lived if they had been "wearing". All of these were within the city limits of Farmington (not highways or interstates). Riding in the urban areas is MUCH more hazardous (think volume of traffic and intersections).
Under current NM Law, wearing a helmet for those over 18 is a CHOICE, not smart but still a choice. Those under 18 MUST wear a helmet and eye protection. If you don't like the law, vote, blame those you have placed in the Legislature in Santa Fe, they are the ONLY ones who can change the law.
For those of you like "Jim Williams", in my opinion, you are selfish. You are thinking only of yourself and not your loved ones. As a Police Officer, who has had to go to the family and give a DEATH notification, this is gut wrenching. This is the most difficult part of Law Enforcement. I hope none of you ever have to look a Mother in the eye and tell her, her child has died.
I have been riding a Motorcycle as a Police Officer for 6 years and am a Police Motorcycle Instructor. I have seen first hand the tragedy of untrained riders. I would encourage you to take a course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), especially if you have never ridden before. For those of you who are "experienced" riders, take the Experienced Rider Course with MSF. I do not teach these courses, but the training they provide may save your life.
Having said all this, it is YOUR responsibility (not legally, but who will get hurt the most) to WATCH out for other drivers, they simply will not SEE you.
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