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Does Washington State Have a Motorcycle Helmet Law?

Many riders see wearing a helmet as a personal choice.

Legally, wearing a helmet in Washington was optional, until 1967 when a helmet law was passed and later repealed, only to be replaced by a new law requiring helmets for riders 17 and younger. A universal helmet law was not in place until Washington state legislature passed RCW 46.37.530, in 1990.

Washington State's Motorcycle Helmet Law

Washington State law requires riders of motorcycles, mopeds, or any form of motor driven vehicle without a steering wheel, seat belts and enclosed seating area to wear a helmet.

According to RCW 46.37.530 helmets, mirrors, and glasses/ goggles/ face shields or windshields are required for motorcycle riders who do not meet very specific exceptions listed below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Challenges to Washington States Motorcycle Helmet Law

Senate Bill 5007and House Bill 1125 would update helmet laws in Washington state, allowing riders over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet as long as they carry a vehicle liability policy, self insurance or a certificate of deposit/ liability bond. The bill is proposed to last for three years as a test while the Washington State Safety Traffic Commission uses the statistics gathered on fatalities during the three year pilot period to build a report that will be presented to the state legislature. 

The bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Transportation and while it was intended to go into effect in fall of 2019 it has yet to be implemented. 

More Information on Washington State Motorcycle Laws

If you're a rider in the state of Washington than helmet laws are just one of the many cycle specific laws to keep track of when riding on public roads.

One thing to note is that the popular practice of passing drivers between lanes known as Lane splitting is illegal in the state of Washington

Motorcyclists are also required by law in Washington State to carry at least $25,000 in liability insurance while riding on state roads. This insurance simply serves as a minimum and Davis Law Group recommends riders look at additional coverage types like UIM or PIP coverage to insure riders are covered in the event of an accident. 

Legal Assistance For Motorcycle Riders In Washington State

Davis Law Group has been getting results for motorcycle accident victims in Seattle and across the state for more than 20 years and has the experienced team of professionals to handle any serious injury or wrongful death motorcycle accident claim. 

If you or a loved one are injured while riding a motorcycleDavis Law Group is here to help offering free case evaluations for accident victims and their family members. 

To request your free case evaluation call 206-727-4000 or use the chat or contact options on this site 24/7. 

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Chris Davis is the founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.