Motorcycle Helmets and the Law
Every state has the right to set its own laws when it comes to requiring the use of motorcycle helmets. As a result, the laws vary quite a bit. As compared to some other states, Wisconsin does not have particularly stringent motorcycle helmet laws. Any person under the age of 18, or anyone with merely a learner’s permit, must wear helmet while operating a motorcycle. These restrictions do not apply, however, to low-power cycles that do not exceed 30 miles per hour.
If you have been involved in an accident on your motorcycle, you may need the help of a qualified Stevens Point motorcycle accident attorney. Call 800-242-2874 to speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. about your legal options regarding financial compensation for your accident.
Wearing a motorcycle helmet is not simply a matter of legality. Because the leading cause of death for motorcycle accident victims is head injury, a person should strongly consider wearing a helmet regardless of whether or not it is required by law. In fact, an approved motorcycle helmet is 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries on motorcycles. Other unexpected ways in which motorcycle helmets are helpful include:
- Eye injury prevention – helmets deflect dirt and debris that might damage the eye.
- Improved hearing – by streamlining the head and reducing wind noise, riders can better hear cues from other motorists, including emergency vehicle sirens and car horns
Motorcycles are dangerous, and a rider without a helmet puts himself or herself at significantly more risk than those that wear helmets. Frustratingly, though, you can still be injured by other negligent motorists no matter if you are wearing a helmet or not.
The Stevens Point motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. want to help you through the challenging time that follows a motorcycle wreck. If your accident is the result of another person or party’s careless or reckless behavior, you can fight back. Call 800-242-2874 to speak with someone now.