The month of May is dedicated to motorcycle awareness. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges motorists to always travel safely around motorcycles and to pay extra attention during the summer months when motorcycles are seen more often.
Motorcyclists can also 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 who either have had their motorcycle license for at least two full years or have completed a motorcycle rider safety course are not required to wear a helmet. The course must be approved by the state or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
This however, 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.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation, “Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Helmet Law Fact Sheet”