Letters to the Editor

Lippincott letter: Motorcycle deaths

Follow the numbers. In the U.S. about 2.6 million people die each year, which works out to about 7,000 every single day. Living is a risky game. Most of them are from natural causes, led by cancer, heart disease and lung diseases. Accidental deaths with 370 each day is the fourth-leading cause of death and the only nonillness cause of death, aside from suicide, in the list of top 10 most likely ways you can die. Of those accidental deaths 100 are from an auto accident. On that same day 12 will die riding a motorcycle, even though motorcycles account for less than 1 percent of the total miles driven by all vehicles. You are over 10 times as likely to die on a motorcycle compared to someone driving a car or truck going the same distance. So given these numbers, the alarming fact that 100 people die every day in automobiles when they are protected by mass, metal, seat belts and airbags and that motorcycles share the road with these huge speeding masses of metal, why would you ever risk your life on a motorcycle without the simple precaution of a helmet?

Whitney Lippincott, Eagle