Memphis Trauma Center Paying the Price for Arkansas Helmet Law

AUGUST 8, 2006 - Posted at 3:19 p.m. CDT

NASHVILLE, TN - One of Tennessee's major trauma hospitals is footing the bill for patients in neighboring Arkansas, which does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets.

The Regional Medical Center in Memphis is the only trauma center for most of eastern Arkansas, and now the hospital is finding it is stuck with the costs of treating Arkansas bikers who are treated there and don't have insurance.  The Med has treated 114 Arkansans since 2002 who have been involved in motorcycle wrecks.

In Nashville, Vanderbilt University's Medical Center is in a similar situation, aborbing the costs of treating uninsured motorcyclists from Kentucky.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)