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HELMETS: Preventing brain damage is cost-effective

Letter by William C. Dalton, Gig Harbor on Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:05 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2013 11:09 am

Re: “Study has several problems” (letter, 2-26).

The writer says that a Centers for Disease Control study fails to explain where any savings is gained by requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

Let me explain it. If you fall off your motorcycle and die, from any cause, it is relatively inexpensive for society. If you fall off and survive with injuries other than brain damage, it is a bit more expensive for society. But if you fall off and scramble your brains and live, it is extremely expensive to maintain you for the rest of your life.

That is the simple, obvious answer to the question posed by the letter writer: “How did the U.S. save this money?”

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