21 Widener L.J. 349 (2011-2012)
Motorcycle Helmet Defense in Pennsylvania: Why Failure to Wear a Helmet Should Fail as a Means of Reducing Recovery

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THE MOTORCYCLE HELMET DEFENSE IN
PENNSYLVANIA: WHY FAILURE TO WEAR A HELMET
SHOULD FAIL AS A MEANS OF REDUCING RECOVERY
Steven J. Jones*
I. INTRODUCTION
On June 12, 2006, Ben Roethlisberger, starting quarterback for
the Pittsburgh Steelers, got on his 2005 Suzuki Hayabusal
motorcycle to go for a ride through downtown Pittsburgh.2 He was
not wearing a helmet.3 Roethlisberger was cut off by a motorist
traveling in the opposite direction,4 causing a collision and sending
him over the motorcycle's handlebars into the motorist's
windshield.5   Police  later  commented     on   the   extent   of
Roethlisberger's injuries: Roethlisberger lost most of his teeth,
fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a nine-inch laceration
to the back of his head and a broken jaw, and severely injured both
of his knees when he hit the ground.6 After being released from
* J.D. Candidate, Widener University School of Law, May 2012. This
comment is dedicated to the circus, three of my colleagues who showed me
that even law school can be fun.
1 The Suzuki Hayabusa Gsxl300R is a sport-bike motorcycle made by
Suzuki since 1999. Suzuki Motorcycle History, GLOBAL SUZUKI,
http://www.globalsuzuki.com/motorcycle/history/products/products_1990s.html
#yl999_hayabusa (last visited Feb. 4, 2012). It reaches speeds of 194 miles per
hour, and it was listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records as the
fastest production bike in the world. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2000:
MILLENNIUM EDITION 179 (Nic Kynaston ed. 2000).
2 Len Pasquarelli & John Clayton, Big Ben in Serious Condition After
Motorcycle Accident, ESPN (June 12, 2006), http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news
/story?id=2480830.
3id.
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5 Id. (implying Roethlisberger flew over the handlebars judging from the
direction in which he was traveling).
6 Paul Crowe, Ben Roethlisberger Motorcycle Accident, THE KNEESLIDER
(June 12, 2006), http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2006/06/12/benroethlisberger

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