Which States Require Motorcyclists to Wear Helmets?

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Which States Require Motorcyclists to Wear Helmets? Motorscan Smartphone Personal Diagnostic Tool Diagnostica

As it appears that there is a high correlation between strong helmet laws and fewer serious motorcycle injuries and fatalities, it begs the question:

Which states do have helmet laws on the books that are consistently enforced?

This information cannot only help motorcyclists stay on the right side of the law but also keep them informed before heading out of state. Avoid a potential hassle with the police when knowing when helmets are mandatory.

Helmet Laws in Your State

There are surprisingly few states which require adult motorcyclists to wear a helmet when riding. This may change in the future, but currently the states with universal helmet laws are included this infographic based upon the most recent information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 U.S. Helmet Laws Diagnostica

There may be some variation in how helmet laws are enforced by state and what the penalties may be if individuals are caught riding without a helmet. Some states have laws mandating helmets under a certain age and allows motorcycling without a helmet when riders meet other requirements. This is the case with Michigan which had a universal helmet law for motorcyclists but then changed it to allow those older than 21 to ride sans helmet as long as additional requirements were met, including an increase in their medical insurance. In general, partial helmet laws make riding with a helmet mandatory only for those under a specified age.

Accidents may still occur to those donning helmets. However, it should be obvious that helmets serve as a protective layer between the asphalt and a human skull. Those with motorcycle insurance may find it difficult to seek compensation when they have decided to ride without a helmet in a state requiring one.

A Safer Experience

One of the helmets one should not wear when riding because it failed federal testing and did not perform well when it came to penetration protection is the 5X5 brand, SA-08 model of helmet for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists can choose to wear a helmet in many states but may want to learn more about motorcycle insurance requirements. Share whether or not you choose to wear a helmet and why in a comment below or tweet @DiagnosticaNews.


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