I've thought about this issue in the past, but hadn't thought of it recently until I saw this article today and it jarred my thought process again.
I plan on getting my first motorcycle in the next year or so and I definitely will be wearing a helmet. I've heard various reasons for and against the different state laws, but as far as I can tell the major crux of the issue (in the discussions I've heard) seems to lie between 'right to a choice' vs. 'the cost of medical care for the state gratis uninsured riders'.New York Rider Dies Protesting Motorcycle Helmet Law
A New York man died Sunday while participating in a ride with 550 other motorcyclists to protest the state's mandatory helmet law.
Police said Philip A. Contos, 55, hit his brakes and his motorcycle fishtailed. Contos was sent over the handlebars of his 1983 Harley Davidson and hit his head on the pavement.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"The medical expert we discussed the case with who pronounced him deceased stated that he would've no doubt survived the accident had he been wearing a helmet," state Trooper Jack Keller told ABC News 9 in Syracuse.