Got Helmet Laws?

I was recently discussing road experiences with some fellow riders and we all had stories about a close call with a distracted driver.  When there is an incident, we are the ones who suffer. We agreed that we never head out (no pun intended) without a helmet, ideally a Snell rated helmet, since we’ve all seen trouble on the road.

We started thinking about the helmet laws in different states and looked them up out of curiosity. We were surprised by the wide variation of the laws in place.

In looking more closely at the current helmet laws, it seems that three states have no helmet laws whatsoever and several others only require riders up to 17 or 20 years old to wear helmets. Here is the breakdown:

  • Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia
  • Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states
  • There is no motorcycle helmet use law in 3 states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire)

Even for the experienced rider, it’s always a good idea to wear a motorcycle helmet. You may be a skilled rider, but what about the other guys on the road?

We sell motorcycle helmets, many of which are Snell rated helmets, and aim to bring you the best prices around for a very simple reason: We want to make helmets affordable and accessible to as many riders as possible. Having a motorcycle helmet is an excellent precaution (as well as law to a varying degree throughout the U.S.). Why take a chance with your life? So let’s ride safe and enjoy the freedom of the road with the best precaution available.

Do you agree with the helmet law in your state?

2 thoughts on “Got Helmet Laws?

  1. So very surprised that Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire do not have helmet laws. Still, as you point out any sensible rider should be wearing a helmet anyways.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. You know what, this reminds me of concealed carry. I was reading about some laws what with the changes, particularly in Illinois recently. Just because you don’t need to take training in certain states does NOT mean you should be going out and getting that license without having any practice.

    Just because it’s not required doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be wearing your helmet…same sort of thing.

    Basically, it just makes sense. If you can get a Snell rated helmet, you’re pretty much set, I agree. We’ve got universal here.

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