In Pennsylvania auto accidents, seat belt use has been proven to save lives and prevent serious injuries. For this very reason, it is required by law that all front seat passengers, as well as all rear seat passengers under the age of 18, must wear a seat belt. Wearing a helmet has also been proven to prevent fatal Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents. So, following the same logic, it would also seem that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle would be required; however, for most riders, it isn’t.
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Pennsylvania law does not require that all motorcycle operators and passengers wear protective headgear when a motorcycle is in operation. Pennsylvania law states that any person who operates or rides a motorcycle must wear a helmet unless:
- He or she is 21 years of age or older and has been licensed to operate a motorcycle for no less than two years,
- He or she has completed a motorcycle safety course, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
All individuals who operate a motorcycle with a learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet, regardless of age.
Although it is not required by law, it is still in your best interest to wear a helmet because helmeted riders are three times more likely to survive a motorcycle crash than riders who were not wearing helmets.
If someone you love has been seriously or fatally injured in a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident, you need to know your rights. Contact a Pennsylvania fatal motorcycle accident attorney at Cordisco & Saile for more information about your rights to compensation after sustaining serious injuries in a Pennsylvania motorcycle crash.