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This article examines the data regarding the effectiveness of mandatory motorcycle helmet laws and looks at the legal and ethical concerns surrounding them. The authors provide an overview of the arguments proponents and opponents of the laws use to support their positions and explains the ethical reasons why surgeons should play a role in the debate surrounding legislation mandating the use.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication Motorcycle Safety, motorcycle deaths have increased each year between 1997 and 2008, for an overall increase of 150 percent.* Contrary to popular belief, young people are not the only ones who die as a result of motorcycle crashes.