Head Cracking for Dummies
John at Whatever gives us his take on head-cracking activity in Some People a Helmet Wouldn't Help:
You know what? If someone believes they shouldn't have to wear a motorcycle helmet because the accident is someone else's fault, the fact is I don't want that person to wear a helmet. Because that person is clearly too damn stupid to live. For the rest of you, I'll merely remind you of what you no doubt already know, which is that your brains will splatter themselves across the pavement just as readily when the accident is someone else's fault as they will when it is yours. You don't wear a motorcycle helmet because you're a moron on the road. You wear a helmet because everyone else is.And once again, my thoughts have been crystallized perfectly by someone who isn't me. This is why he is the Actual Writer and I'm riding a wave of obscurity. I especially like the way he weaves in little graphic references to what happens when head meets pavement.
I don't really care if Florida reinstates its motorcycle helmet law; I think overall people would be safer and somewhat less dead if there was one, but if there's not it's no skin off my nose (and cheek, and forehead and jaw). The way I see motorcycle helmets is that they are just one of life's stealth IQ tests, and when I see someone driving a motorcycle without one I know I'm dealing with someone who one of three things: A moron, delusional ('I'm too good a driver to get in an accident'), or a delightful optimist concerning the driving skills of every other single person on the road. I am none of those, myself, but it is always good to know when someone else is, and that they advertise themselves so clearly as being so.
My own theory is that people who don't wear motorcycle helmets are people who didn't play hopscotch as kids and didn't make sidewalk chalk drawings. They can't make a connection between the way pavement quickly eats up a piece of chalk dragged across it and what will happen when you replace the chalk with your skull.