Why Are Black Bikers More Likely to Die in Crashes than Whites? http://healthland.time.com/2010/09/...to-die-in-crashes-than-whites/?xid=yahoo-feat Could it be that driving style, personal choice, etc. have much more to do with the level of danger while driving than whether or not the state requires you to wear a helmet? BTW, in my opinion the vast majority of the discrepancy here is likely to do with the different kinds of bikes ridden by a higher percentage of blacks to whites and the consequential riding style that comes from this choice. Leisure vs. adrenaline. Relaxation vs. speed and stunts.