Should it be a Federal Law for Motorcyclist to Wear Helmets?



Across the county, helmets and motorcyclists have been a hot debate in state legislatures.


As of now, there were only 21 states that require helmet use on motorcycles. Those states include: Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The National Traffic Safety board wants to make the helmet law official through the federal government. The board is currently requesting all states to create a helmet law for all riders.

All states have laws restricting either younger drivers or passengers to wear helmets – except for Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire, that do not have any laws pertaining to motorcyclist and helmet use.

There was a study conducted of 900 motorcycle crashes in Los Angeles that resulted mostly in death. Most of the injuries were found to be to the chest and head.

If you are driving a long distance on your motorcycle this summer and perhaps crossing into another state, make sure that you are aware of their state laws on motorcycles.

Although there isn’t laws again clothing for motorcyclists, we highly recommend wearing leather in order to protect your body in case of a crash.

Do you think it should be illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet?


Tell us what you think by commenting on this post.


Davis Law Group is very proud that Washington State is among the other states that require helmet usage. It is extremely important to protect yourself in case of a crash. As a personal injury law firm, we have seen many cases of brain injuries. Brain injuries either take your life or change it forever. Do not risk it!


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