When motorcyclists wear helmets, they are less likely to die if they crash--no one disputes that. But should helmets be mandatory? The question came to the fore last week after Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a helmet opponent, crashed his bike, breaking his jaw. Pennsylvania didn't require him to wear a helmet; 30 states have rolled back their helmet laws since the 1960s, and more may follow. Some riders argue that as long as they don't hurt others, the risk is theirs to take. Others question the efficacy of helmets. Federal standards require that they withstand a crash at 13 m.p.h.,...

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