Why there are regulations. I suppose you can argue that if damnfools want to ride motorcycles without helmets, that’s their business, and as a side benefit there will be fewer damnfools in the world.
However, as Susie Madrak says,
See, the rationale behind helmet laws is that head injuries are very expensive to treat. Even victims with insurance often end up on Medicaid after they’re tapped out, and that means taxpayers are picking up the rest of the tab. So yes, Ayn Rand fans, the state really does have a legitimate interest in mandating helmets. Sorry!
The news stories don’t say whether the particular biker whose unhelmeted head was smashed on the pavement after he flipped off his Harley had insurance. Since he died on the scene, the point is kind of moot. But one suspects the people who think the government has no business telling them to wear helmets are often the same people who think the government has no business telling them to get comprehensive medical insurance.
They are free riders more than easy riders.