Motorcyclists: Libertarians or Socialists?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Preusser Research Group released studies recently demonstrating that motorcycle fatalities increase 25, 50 or 100 percent after the repeal of state helmet laws. Medical costs increase, too because of an increase in serious injuries. A large share of the medical cost is picked up by state and federal governments.

Motorcyclists have aggressively pressed in state legislatures for the “freedom” to ride without helmets and they have succeeded to a great degree. But they also want a free ride on the health care system. It seems the anti-helmet groups are Libertarians when it comes to having fun but Socialists when it comes to taking responsibility for their actions.

August 9, 2005

3 thoughts on “Motorcyclists: Libertarians or Socialists?”

  1. helmet wearing and various other healthy behaviors would indirectly be encouraged if people knew they would bear the full cost of refusing them. I would be surprised if many bikers know or care much about how health care is paid for.

  2. Just about everything ABATE (which by the way originally stood for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments)says about the science of helmet laws and helmet use is wrong. ABATE is an ideological group, it’s not objective.

    For a research based Q&A, which includes a dozen questions and answers based on peer reviewed literature.

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