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U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Laws

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Helmet Laws by State

Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Motorcycle helmet laws can be pretty confusing and could cost you an expensive ticket if you don’t follow them. Because they change from state to state, it can be hard to keep track of what’s legal and what’s not.

For instance, not all Pennsylvania motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet. However, if you cross into New York State, not only are you and your passenger required to wear helmets, but full-face shields or goggles as well.

In many cases, a few miles may be the difference between an easy ride and an expensive helmet violation. Our law firm recommends always wearing a helmet. Not only will they keep you safe, but you won't have to worry about the laws changing from state to state. Click here for more motorcycle helmet safety information.

Federal Regulations

The federal government requires that all helmets meet the safety specifications set out by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218.

State Helmet Laws

States are able to determine their own motorcycle helmet laws. So, it’s important to know that when you ride through a state that requires a helmet, you must adhere to that law – regardless of where you’re coming from or what your home state’s law says.

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If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, we’re here to help. Just give our legal professionals a call at 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427) or fill out our simple online legal evaluation. We’ll review your case for free, and we’ll answer any legal questions you have.

We can get you compensation for your injuries. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. There’s no obligation to use our services, and remember: there’s never a fee unless we get money for you.

Note: Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, although if you are injured in an accident, we have relationships with other personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout the United States.
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