Importance of Motorcycle HelmetsWearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle could save your life, even though it is not always required. Make sure you know what your state’s motorcycle helmet laws are.

Motorcyclists can do their part to keep themselves safe on the roads by wearing a safety helmet.  Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduces the risk of a head injury by 69%.

In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet who either have had their motorcycle license for at least two full years or have completed a motorcycle rider safety course.  The course must be approved by the state or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  

In Ohio, a helmet is required for all drivers under the age of 18 and all new or novice drivers.  Ohio issues novice licenses to new motorcycle operators over the age of 18 who have never held a motorcycle license in Ohio or other recognized states.

West Virginia motorcycle drivers of any age are required to wear helmets.

Although not always required, not wearing a helmet increases the chance for drivers and passengers to suffer head injuries in the event of an accident.  These types of injuries can range from mild to severe and result in permanent disability or even death.  However the injury occurs, no matter how severe, head injuries should never be taken lightly.

These types of injuries are usually sustained due to a severe accident.  Accidents can be caused by, but not limited to, distracted drivers, poorly maintained roads or hazardous weather conditions.  A head injury can include mild concussions, seizures, paralysis and more.

Recovering Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle helmet laws vary state to state. It is important to know what your state and surrounding state helmet laws are in the event you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Your state’s helmet law may play a large role in whether you can recover compensation for any resulting neck or head injuries.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green.  Our attorneys will provide you with a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case.  Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.

Source: Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation, “Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Helmet Law Fact Sheet”