Are You Aware of California’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws?

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Under California motorcycle helmet laws, all riders are required to wear helmets while riding, and not just those who are below the age of 17, or just amateur motorcyclists.

No matter whether you’re a beginner motorcyclist or a professional who has been motorcycling for many years, you will need to wear a motorcycle helmet at all times. California is one of the few states in the country that has stringent universal motorcycle helmet laws for all motorcyclist riders and passengers.

Under California motorcycle helmet laws, all riders are required to wear helmets while riding, and not just those who are below the age of 17, or just amateur motorcyclists. These laws have helped reduce the number of people being killed in   accidents in California. However, motorcycle accident lawyers believe that many more lives could be saved every year, if all motorcyclists wear a helmet while riding.

Only 20 states across the country and the District of Columbia have universal motorcycle helmet laws in place. Other states have variations in their helmet laws, and some require only riders below the age of 20 to wear helmets, while others require only riders below the age of 17 to be helmeted while riding.

Earlier research has indicated that states that do not have universal motorcycle helmet laws have much lower rates of motorcycle helmet usage. In fact according to statistics, in 2010, in those states where all riders and passengers are required to wear motorcycle helmets, 98% of motorcyclists were actually wearing them. However, in those states that did not have universal motorcycle helmet laws, only about 48 % of motorcyclists were wearing helmets.

Earlier research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms that wearing helmets reduces the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Not only is a motorcyclist wearing a helmet much more likely to survive head injuries in an accident, but he is also likely to be discharged from hospital earlier, and incur lower hospital expenses, compared to non-helmeted motorcyclists.

 

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