Motorcycle Accidents – Motorcyclist Dies On Ride Protesting Helmet Law
August 4, 2011
I debated with myself a lot in the decision to post this example of Chicago personal injury leading to the death of a motorcycle rider. It is true that ridding a motorcycle without a helmet is simply cool-feeling the air, the freedom of the road-there is seldom a feeling that can replace it. But, it is also true that in the collision between flesh and pavement, the latter will always win. There are no two ways about it. The pavement will win. So please wear your helmet when ridding your motorcycle–you may decorate it and make it into something that proclaims the YOU about you to the world-but, wear a helmet, will you?
Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse.State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars.He was pronounced dead at a hospital.Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.