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Motorcyclist dies after hitting dog in Wright County

There are 103 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 28, 2010, titled Motorcyclist dies after hitting dog in Wright County. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Minnesota State Patrol said a motorcyclist died after hitting a dog that ran onto the highway.

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Andrew G

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 29, 2010
it should be REQUIRED in all 50 states to WEAR YOUR HELMET! if you can afford a motorcycle, you can afford a helmet. they make such a huge deal out of seatbelts being worn, well why not helmets on motorcycles?
O-3E in 101st Airborne

United States

#2 May 29, 2010
Andrew G wrote:
it should be REQUIRED in all 50 states to WEAR YOUR HELMET! if you can afford a motorcycle, you can afford a helmet. they make such a huge deal out of seatbelts being worn, well why not helmets on motorcycles?
How does my wearing a helmet affect you? Where in the constitution is it your business whether someone else wears a helmet? This country has hundreds of laws that invade our own personal freedom of choice - your seatbelt example being one instance of that. I have health insurance if I have an accident. If I have a wreck on a motorcycle at highway speed, the only thing a helmet will do is determine whether I can or cannot have an open-casket funeral. None of this affects you or the nation at large, so we do NOT need another stupid law intruding on personal liberties.
Critical Evaluator

Maple Grove, MN

#3 May 29, 2010
Andrew G wrote:
it should be REQUIRED in all 50 states to WEAR YOUR HELMET! if you can afford a motorcycle, you can afford a helmet. they make such a huge deal out of seatbelts being worn, well why not helmets on motorcycles?
A seat belt restrains a driver from losing control of his vehicle, protecting others. A helmet protects the drivers head, but nothing for others. Minnesota has the law right and it should be a personal decision. This accident resulted from a lose dog and possibly an irresponible dog owner. Keep your pets under control or you could be held liable for your negligence.
Davis Carter

Minneapolis, MN

#4 May 29, 2010
I'm worried about dogs. People who eat meet will perish and suffer.
Lou

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 29, 2010
O-3E in 101st Airborne wrote:
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How does my wearing a helmet affect you?
Because we have to pay for your clean up.
Jim

Princeton, MN

#6 May 29, 2010
Critical Evaluator wrote:
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A seat belt restrains a driver from losing control of his vehicle, protecting others. A helmet protects the drivers head, but nothing for others. Minnesota has the law right and it should be a personal decision. This accident resulted from a lose dog and possibly an irresponible dog owner. Keep your pets under control or you could be held liable for your negligence.
If it gets to the point where a seatbelt has to restrain you from losing control--YOU already are out of control!
Got Hit too

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 29, 2010
Get over the "my right" bs. I wonder whose children might be without a father now, it could be the cyclist. Everyone feels their rights are being taken away, so now his head was crushed and he is dead. I am a cyclist and wouldn't think of riding without a helmet. I could care less about the wind blowing through my hair, it is a no brainer, just go ahead and hope a dog never runs in front of your bike and your head bounces all over the blacktop. And don't give this bs about the dog being loose, it was and he is dead.
Concerned Taxpayer

Rice Lake, WI

#8 May 29, 2010
Mandatory helmets for cycle riders--they don't seem to get it on their own. This macho, get-in-the-wind attitude is without sense. If seat belts are necessary in cars, which they are, then helmets are necessary on cycles.
Lou

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 29, 2010
Funny how the government intrudes on so many things in our lives, and people, like sheep, just keep bending over and excepting it. But when it comes to helmets: no way baby.
Grim Truth

Dallas, TX

#10 May 29, 2010
Actually, it's cheaper for society if motorcycle riders do NOT wear helmets. Riders are killed in accidents and don't require years of expensive medical care.

The same is true with tobacco. By having people die from tobacco, society saves billions of dollars in medical and social security benefits.
the troll

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 29, 2010
there is no correlation in motorcycle accident deaths between helmet mandatory and helmet optional states. California's deaths INCREASED the first year thye went helmet mandatory. Did they provide compensation to the heirs of the dead? The insurance industry and federal dept of transportation has not been able to conclusively prove that helmets save lives. Motorcycle Driver training - yes.
alchohol and excessive speed do contribute to accidents and death.
Helmets don't prevent internal injuries below the neck - that is the typical cause of death.
Helmets don't prevent that and helmets don't necc save lives.
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO WEAR A HELMET.
Oh Yeah

Maple Grove, MN

#13 May 29, 2010
Who cares if he was wearing a helmet? I want to know if he had loud pipes. I've heard they save lives.
Oh Yeah

Maple Grove, MN

#14 May 29, 2010
Grim Truth wrote:
Actually, it's cheaper for society if motorcycle riders do NOT wear helmets. Riders are killed in accidents and don't require years of expensive medical care.
The same is true with tobacco. By having people die from tobacco, society saves billions of dollars in medical and social security benefits.
There's a certain amount of truth to that. Also, there's a chronic shortage of organs for transplant. Maybe instead of mandating helmets there should be a requirement that a motorcycle endorsement automatically includes an organ donor agreement.
Sad

Saint Joseph, MN

#15 May 29, 2010
Geeze, the poor dog was just running free, if they run free why can't we? fate. Let's give motorcycles away for free and not require helmets? After I read Grim Truth's comment, above, it got me thinking maybe he's right.
Irresponsibiliti es

Madelia, MN

#16 May 29, 2010
Okay, whether or not it is legal to ride without a helmet is beyond this. The guy should've worn his, but he didn't. That is just irresponsible, but it was a sad choice he made. My heart goes out to the family about this.
I am curious--and this isn't meant to start a fight because I am truly curious about it--if they figure out whose dog that was, does the dog owner get some fine or something? Obviously a skunk or racoon or deer could just as easily have run out in front of the motorcyclist, but when it is a pet running free, is there any trouble to the pet owner who didn't have the dog under control? Again, just curious.
CCc

United States

#17 May 29, 2010
what about the dog? did he survive? FYI, motorcyclists and bicyclists should wear protective wear. Should be the law!!!!!!
Insane

Farmington, MN

#18 May 29, 2010
O-3E in 101st Airborne wrote:
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How does my wearing a helmet affect you? Where in the constitution is it your business whether someone else wears a helmet? This country has hundreds of laws that invade our own personal freedom of choice - your seatbelt example being one instance of that. I have health insurance if I have an accident. If I have a wreck on a motorcycle at highway speed, the only thing a helmet will do is determine whether I can or cannot have an open-casket funeral. None of this affects you or the nation at large, so we do NOT need another stupid law intruding on personal liberties.
I suppose....With that way of thinking, You seem to not be using your Brain anyways...So even if you wear a Helmet it has NOTHING up there to Protect!! Good luck in Life.
Axe1464

Hedrick, IA

#19 May 29, 2010
Funny how people are quick to promote mandatory helmet laws when they don't even ride or they voluntarily wear one. Mandatory this and mandatory that are insignificant until it infringes upon YOUR right to choose. Personally, I wear a helmet but I'm 100% against the government or anyone else telling me I HAVE to wear one. If you want to talk safety, let's clear the streets of all the idiot drivers with their heads up their butts and no business behind the wheel.
ICEManCometh

United States

#20 May 29, 2010
The family of the dead rider should simply look up the local ordinance on pet control -- I'm guessing it will be on the books that animals must be kept under control at all times -- and then sue the pants off the dog owner.

I hate extra lawsuits and I hate riders that don't use helmets to enhance their family's chance of seeing them stay alive WHEN (not IF) they tangle with something on their bike,....but I hate dog owners who don't control their pets even MORE!

Stop thinking you have your dog under VOICE control....YOU DON'T!! At least not 100 percent of the time, and probably closer to 0 percent of the time when an ill-timed squirrel, rabbit, or chipmunk runs nearby and your dog sees it.

Leash with choke collar or metal backup that tightens if your fancy collar breaks. Wrap your end of the leash around your hand several times, interweaving with your fingers several times...so even if the dog bolts suddenly when you are completely unprepared, the unraveling process will force you to clench your hand suddenly and stop the dog from advancing.

And for God's sake, PICK UP THOSE D**MED DROPPINGS!!!
Darwin

Maple Grove, MN

#21 May 29, 2010
Let the motorcycle riders go without a helmet - in fact since obviously the motorcycle riders feel there are too many laws in the way lets just eliminate any laws associated with motorcycles. Let them kill themselves - each time it's one less idiot and eventual drug addicted free loader to act as a burden on society.

Let em die - eventually it's everyone's time to go - not wearing a helmet just enables their time to come sooner!

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