GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There have been at least 4 deadly motorcycle accidents in western Massachusetts in just the last 2 weeks. On Friday, a rider crashed into a car on Greenfield Road in Deerfield. He was hurt, but will survive his injuries.
A helmet is sometimes the difference between life and death. There are 32 states across the country that do not yet require motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. However, Massachusetts does. The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association lobbied lawmakers this week to repeal the mandatory helmet law.
Lisa Woods of South Deerfield said, “If you’re out on the bike and you don’t have regard for your safety, then it shouldn’t be my concern or anyone else’s concern. It’s their decision, and you should make that decision.”
“I have 3 helmets myself and I would never be without one,” said Carl Wenzler of Greenfield. He thinks it’s better to be safe than sorry. “I don’t think you have too much of a chance without one, and there’s a lot of people who don’t think of that. “
To stay safe on the road bikers need to wear proper safety gear, and make sure your helmet fits firm and snug. Durable outerwear protects your body in case of a fall. Also, drivers need to check all mirrors before they turn, leaving lots of space between you and bikers.
A certified helmet is good for 3-5 years.