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FMVSS218 federal helmet standardĀ -- Massachusetts uses this standard to verify that a helmet is Department of Transportation Approved (DOT Approved).
Helmets don't help they hurt!

Subject: An approved motorcycle helmet is designed to protect the wearer from an impact of less than that of the human hand.
Message: Facts vs. Twisted Stats [by Dr. JM on February 28, 2006]

Let's cut a whole lot of this stuff down to something simple and basic - something easy to follow and understand - something easy to remember and repeat correctly... Fact - To comply with government standards, a motorcycle helmet must withstand an impact of less than 126 foot pounds.
Fact - The average adult male can throw a punch that delivers between 100 and 190 foot pounds of impact. Fact - A professional boxer in the heavyweight category can deliver a punch exceeding 300 foot pounds of impact.
Logical Conclusion - An approved motorcycle helmet is designed to protect the wearer from an impact of less than that of the punch of the average adult male.
Extrapolation - A helmet will absolutely save your life only if you have a physical abnormality that would allow for the punch of the average high school junior or senior to kill you in a school-yard brawl. Fact -

The human neck is perfectly designed, and trained throughout a lifetime of use, to hold the human head through an impact of up to 80 gravities of impact. That means if your head weighs the average 9 pounds, your neck can withstand the impact of 740 foot pounds, which translates as up to 60 mph, depending on directionality and type of impact. The skull itself is capable of withstanding far greater impact, again depending on the type and directionality of the impact.
Fact - Adding the 6+ pounds of helmet to the head, and increase of 66% in supported weight) significantly reduces the impact absorbing capabilities of the neck.
Fact - A helmeted person is at significantly greater risk of neck injury at any given speed or force of impact, when all other factors are equal. (For a better understanding of this, investigate the HANS Device)
Logical Conclusion - You are at least 66% more likely to suffer significant cervical spine or neck injury while wearing a helmet during any given impact, when all other factors are equal. The percentage is actually considerably higher than 66%, but I said I'd keep this simple, so I won't get into the physics of mechanics and impact.
Extrapolation - If you were involved in a motorcycle accident while wearing a helmet, and didn't suffer significant neck injury, it is very unlikely that you would have suffered significant head injury/trauma without a helmet.
Fact - The average six foot tall person's head achieves a higher velocity during a standing fall than an approved helmet is designed to withstand.
Fact - Proponents of helmet laws make big noise about the fact that motorcycle fatalities increased by 11% in Florida during the 5 years after the repeal of the helmet law. What they don't want people to know, and work very hard to keep very quiet is the fact that motorcycle registrations increased by 20% during that same time frame, and motorcycle tourism increased by roughly 43%. In other words, fatalities decreased significantly during the oft quoted time period. Fact - By digging a bit into the studies oft quoted by the NHTSA, and many of the other alphabet soup groups, we discover that motorcycle helmets MAY have prevented injury in only .46% of motorcycle accidents. 46 injuries out of every 10,000 MIGHT have been prevented. That's injuries, not fatalities. Injuries include bumps, scratches, etc. Fact - And, an odd fact at that - By digging even more, we find that the numbers are the same for people that MAY have lived had they been wearing a helmet. That is to say, of 10,000 fatalities, 46 MIGHT not have died had they been wearing a helmet. It's actually 459 out of 100,000, but that's being a bit nit picky. Fact - Contrary to oft repeated urban myth, NHTSA's numbers also show that fewer people die when they don't wear helmets than when they do. I know, you're just chomping at the bit for an explanation of that one. Unfortunately, since the numbers go against the party line, they've made a real study of not making a study of this "oddity". I'd venture a theory, or two, but that's not what this is about. This is about facts. Fact - The NHTSA also claims that unhelmeted riders create a 5% additional burden in medical expenses when injured. What they don't mention is that this is not a standardized cost. They simply took the total, without accounting for variations of costs at differing facilities. The actual difference when these variations are accounted for is insignificant at .043%.
Fact - Referring to the previous, what they also fail to make significant mention of is the fact that helmeted riders who paid for their own care had a 19% higher standardized cost than non-helmeted riders.
Fact - Of the average two million traumatic brain injuries sustained each year in this nation, 780 of them are attributable to motorcycle riding. Half a million are attributable to automobile use.
Fact - Of the various causes of accidents, fatigue is always very high on the list, depending on the study referenced. Adding 66+% to the weight the neck is required to hold is an absolute guarantee of increased fatigue. Ok, that's enough of that. Time for me to hit the sack. I need the rest. Tennessee's still a helmet state, too. *sigh*

The federal standard for helmets allows manufacturers to certify their own products. We all know that corporations sit in board rooms and try to decide should we make Blenders or Motorcycle Helmets. These same corporations when the decide what to manufacture will look at the downside. If a blender fails and hurts someone they payout a sum of money but get really bad press. If a helmet fails they just recall it ,the biker affected is labeled a biker and the settlement will be much less for a biker than a housewife or child that got hurt by a blender. The press would vilify the biker as a person who chose their fate. So when the board meeting ends its "lets manufacture helmets as the downside is less and get this we get to certify our own product". IF we mass produce 200,000 units a year at a price of 8.95 to manufacture,we sell them retail at 50 dollars we net 8.2 million a year. 3 years later a few bikers die and a law suit is filed and the manufacturer is proven to have sub standard helmet. They pay our 3 million to the affected bikers families,and recall the helmetĀ  ,so over that three year period they have netted 19 million dollars and all that happened was a few bikers died because they were forced to wear a helmet that was certified by DOT to be safe. Not bad business for a corporation to be in and the federal and state governments sanction it by using this standard with no real enforcement or testing on all helmets put on the market.
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