1. It is not always the riders fault when an accident occurs. There is no way I would blame someone who was hit - helmet or not. They should not have been hit and the choices made leading up to the accident are irrelevant.
A state's decision to mandate helmet use for riders isn't based on who's at fault for injuries, it's based on statistics that have proven that traumatic head injuries increase when riders don't wear helmets. To argue that someone who is aware that failure to wear safety gear proven to save lives and injury isn't to blame for a decision not to wear said gear when engaging in the dangerous activity the gear was designed for is to argue that blatant disregard for ones own safety is acceptable as long as their resultant injuries were the result of someone else's mistakes.
If we apply this logic to other situations, a mother who fails to seat-belt her family that is slaughtered in a car accident is blameless as long as she didn't cause the accident. Mothers with children killed because they didn't put babies into required child safety carrier devices are blameless if the accident was not their fault. Workers injured on the job due to lack of wearing required safety are blameless if someone else caused their injury. Really???? :roll:
In the event that there is some implied assumption that drivers have some basic "right" to 1) Ride on public roads, and 2) Ride without legally require safety gear I will point out that our "rights" are dictated by law, regardless of some individuals philosophy about it one way or another as it relates to "rights". Riding a motorcycle isn't a right and neither is riding one without required safety gear, be it a helmet or whatever else a state decides to require. If you want to debate the topic of someones right to disobey the law, that is another topic...
2. This lie about "you hurt other people!" is propagated by those with no life who want to tell you how to run yours.
You can choose to disregard facts, however states that have done studies on it have concluded that individuals who choose to risk their own lives by riding without a helmet do in fact hurt other people. This is how the mandatory helmet laws were justified and why they were voted in. I for one don't care to have my insurance rates skyrocket because you are brain injured due to your choosing to ride without a helmet. Sign a waver saying should you be brain injured the hospitals and insurance can let you die on the doorstep from brain swelling and I'll be OK with your "freedom" to be reckless, as it's not costing me a penny. Oh, but you'll also have to waver any state aid for your wife and kids when they no longer have a breadwinner and lose a home or whatever.
Why stop with helmets? We could outlaw smoking! and Drinking soda! And cell phones! Damn, why don't we just have a bunch of people with no lives tell us whats ok? I mean the concept of personal choice doesn't matter when some prissy person gets their panties in a twist. :roll:
Looking at the history of laws and lawmaking, the general trend regarding personal 'freedoms' has been to over-regulate them and over time the people fight the restrictions to get them relaxed. There is an entire book on said subject (see image). Like it or not our freedoms are restricted by laws and which ones are basic rights are not absolutes, but are by nature subjective and will forever be controversial.
3. It is no ones business how anyone else chooses to live their lives. If we were arguing about gender identity we would see a different tune from those that are worried and want to pass helmet laws. I don't care if you identify as an female albanian goat herder - you can ride with out a helmet and not be judged by me (but I will probably snicker about the female albanian goat herder part).
You appear to have false illusions regarding your interpretation of freedom, that appears to be based on an individuals choice towards lack of public responsibility. As soon as your behavior affects someone else, those behaviors become subject to restrictions. Gender identity is a perfect example of lack of freedom in that even the 'right' to consider yourself a male or a female isn't currently a basic right, but rather one that is being fought over in every regard where it affects others.
You dont like riding without a helmet? Don't. There is no excuse for anyone to impede someones right to ride without a helmet except their own.
The "excuse" to impede someone's "right" to do whatever has historically been based on whatever the majority will allow, regardless of perceived "rights". Saying something is a right doesn't make it so. In America what your right is happens to be whatever the law allows/protects, regardless of how an individual feels about it. Don't like it? Vote to change it.