While it might not be the most chic apparel you will ever wear, a motorcycle crash helmet may save your life.
Most states have their own rules about helmets and if you have any questions about those laws, it is best to consult with a qualified motorcycle attorney with experience in this area. The laws are there for a reason, and that reason is to save lives, which may include yours. Of course if you happen to live in New Hampshire, Iowa, Illinois or Colorado there is no helmet law.
States that mandate riders must wear a full helmet are West Virginia, Washington, Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, Oregon, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Louisiana, Georgia, California and Alabama.
The other states have laws that exempt adult riders, meaning those that are 18 and over. Then there are seven states that insist adult bikers (18-20 years old) wear helmets. Texas is one of those states, which has raised some questions about possible discrimination issues.
Actually, the bottom line has nothing to do with discrimination, and everything to do with saving lives and protecting people from severe and debilitating injuries. The fact is that younger riders also do not have as much experience as older riders and tend to get into more crashes. It’s similar to the fact that younger drivers, particularly males, tend to get into more auto accidents.
The major reason for wearing a helmet has to do with protecting the brain from coup and contrecoup injuries. DOT approved helmets act as a cushion and reduce the chances of your brain getting slammed about inside your skull. While the skull may be tough, the brain is the most fragile organ in the whole body, and thumping it around causes severe problems, often for the lifetime of the injured biker.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash that was caused by someone else, whether you were wearing a helmet or not, you may be entitled to compensation for your personal injuries and damage to your bike. Consult with a highly skilled motorcycle crash attorney who knows how to get you the settlement you deserve.