Why You Should Always Wear a Helmet on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom and exhilaration that few other vehicles can match. However, with that freedom comes a higher level of risk. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road and are at a greater risk of injury in the event of an accident. One of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of a head or facial injury while riding a motorcycle is by wearing a helmet.  Whether you’re a driver or passenger on a motorcycle, you should always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, our team of personal injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm are here to help. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys focus exclusively on accident and injury cases, and will work hard to help you get the best result possible. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.

Is it Mandatory to Wear a Helmet When Riding a Motorcycle?

The laws regarding helmet use while riding a motorcycle vary by country and state. In some places, it is mandatory for all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, while in others it is only required for certain age groups.

States Requiring All Passengers and Riders to Wear Helmets

The following states require all passengers and riders, regardless of age, to wear a helmet: Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

States With Age Requirements on Helmets

The following states have age requirements for motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

States With No Helmet Laws

In Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire, there are no motorcycle helmet laws.

What are the Benefits of Wearing a Helmet While Riding a Motorcycle?

Even if your state does not require a helmet to be worn while riding a motorcycle, all riders and passengers are encouraged and should always wear helmets. Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle offers several benefits, including:

  • Protection from Head Injuries: Wearing a helmet protects your head from impact during an accident, helps reduce the severity of head injuries and helps prevent fatal head injuries. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by 69%.
  • Protection from Weather Conditions: Helmets also provide protection from weather conditions, such as rain, wind, and sun. They can keep your head and face dry during rain, prevent windburn, and keep your face shaded from the sun.
  • Reduced Wind Noise: The wind noise created by riding a motorcycle can cause a distraction and reduce your ability to hear what is going on around you.
  • Protection from Flying Objects: Wearing a helmet, especially one with a visor or face shield, will help protect your eyes and face from twigs, debris, and insects while you’re riding.

Overall, wearing a helmet is a simple and effective way to reduce the risk of serious injury or death while riding a motorcycle.

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How to Choose The Proper Motorcycle Helmet?

Choosing the right motorcycle helmet is crucial for your safety on the road. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a helmet:

  • Safety Standards: Make sure the helmet you choose meets the safety regulations established by your country or state. Look for helmets that are certified by organizations such as DOT (Department of Transportation), ECE (Economic Commission for Europe), or Snell Memorial Foundation.
  • Fit: Your helmet should fit snugly on your head without being too tight or too loose. Try on several helmets and check the fit by shaking your head. If the helmet moves too easily, it is too big.
  • Comfort: Look for helmets with good ventilation, removable liners, and comfortable padding.
  • Type: There are different types of helmets available, such as full-face, modular, open-face, and half helmets. Choose a helmet that best suits your riding style and needs.
  • Visor: A clear and scratch-resistant visor can help improve your visibility on the road. Look for helmets with an anti-fog visor or one that allows you to wear glasses.

Remember that the helmet you choose can save your life in the event of an accident. Take the time to choose a helmet that meets safety standards, fits properly, and provides the features you need for your style of riding.

What are the Consequences of Not Wearing a Helmet While Riding a Motorcycle?

The consequences of not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle can be severe and even life-threatening. Here are some potential consequences:

  • Head Injuries
  • Facial Injuries
  • Increased Risk of Fatality
  • Legal Consequences
  • Increased Medical Costs
  • Emotional Toll

Always wear a helmet when riding to protect yourself and reduce the risk of injury.

I Was Involved in a Motorcycle Accident, What Do I Do Next?

Even when a rider takes all safety precautions, including wearing a helmet, motorcycle accidents can still happen. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys advise taking the following steps to assure your safety and legal rights.

  • Call 911 and request medical attention.
  • Collect information about the accident including insurance and personal information from all drivers involved, witness statements, and photos from the accident scene.
  • Get a copy of the police report before leaving the accident scene.
  • Call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Barnes Firm.

Our Attorneys Are Here to Help After a Motorcycle Accident

As one of America’s largest injury law firms, The Barnes Firm has represented many clients injured in motorcycle accidents and has helped them get the best result possible for their case. Before talking with any insurance company, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 to find out what your case is really worth.

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