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Why rise in motorcycle accident deaths hasn’t made for tougher motorcycle helmet laws

PBS video on  more states repealing helmet laws as death toll rises

I’d like to share a compelling video I came across on PBS NewsHour: Why Rise in Motorcycle Deaths Hasn’t Meant Tough Helmet Laws. It aired in late June, with the line “More and more states are repealing and relaxing helmet laws, even as the death toll continues to rise from motorcycle accidents.”

The segment was hosted by Judy Woodruff, who conducted an interview with Rick Schmitt, a reporter on the subject for

This video is well worth watching. It covers the correlation between more deaths and motorcyclists not wearing helmets, and what’s behind the motorcycle lobby pushing for more lax motorcycle safety laws, especially regarding helmets.

Watch Why Rise in Motorcycle Deaths Hasn’t Meant Tough Helmet Laws on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

 – Steven Gursten is an attorney who has been helping injured motorcycle accident victims for nearly 20 years. He has received the highest motorcycle injury settlement in the state, according to published year-end reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

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