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What if you could see the effects of an unprotected scooter crash without having to actually get injured? In this video, the Colorado DOT teamed up with a trauma surgeon and a special effects makeup artist to do just that. The result is striking.
In a recent episode of PBS’s NewsHour, Rick Schmitt of Fairwarning.org comes on to discuss a recent CDC study regarding the correlation between motorcycle deaths and helmet use. More specifically, to point out that while both car and motorcycle use have both gone up, automobile fatalities have dropped sharply, while motorcycle (and ostensibly, by extension, scooter) fatalities have more than doubled. The study draws a correlation between the sharp uptick in motorcyclist fatalities and an ever shrinking patchwork of mandatory helmet use laws.
Over the years motorcycle or scooter riders have also developed fashion for both style and functionality. When I see a person clad in black, my first thought is that they’re likely a motorcyclist because of the look. But beyond identification, that gear protects the wearer in case of a fall.
Turns out that motorcycle riding gear has a really interesting history. You can see some of that history in this infographic created by the UK’s Bennett’s Insurance:
At one time, not too long ago, “you get what you pay for” may have been a reasonable rule of thumb when buying motorcycle helmets. Sure, it still holds true …
I’m a big fan of modular, flip-up helmets. I particularly like those from Nolan. I’m not alone. Modular helmets are a very popular choice among scooter riders. They offer the safety of a full face, with the option to see more. Most modular helmets only flip up, but here’s a European-born helmet that does modular one better.
The Associated Press is reporting that helmet manufacturer Vega is recalling at least 30,000 of its VTS helmets. This after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration judged four XL-sized VTS …