What You Should Know About Pennsylvania's Motorcycle Helmet Law

Erie PA Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney

Now that the weather has finally improved and made it enjoyable to take out your bike, it is important to understand the rules and regulations associated with owning a motorcycle in Pennsylvania. Not only does following the rules minimize the chances that you’ll be able to avoid legal trouble, but it also ensures that you have the proper safety protection in the event that you are involved in an accident. Pennsylvania’s motorcycle helmet law is not a universal helmet law like many other states.

In those other states, any individual riding a motorcycle is required to wear a helmet whether or not he or she is a passenger or an operator and regardless of his or her experience or age. That being said, however, only certain individuals are required to wear motorcycle helmets in Pennsylvania particularly those who are relatively inexperienced motorcycle riders and those under the age of 21.

The following individuals are not required to wear a motorcycle helmet within Pennsylvania:

  • Individuals aged 21 or above who have had a motorcycle license for at least two years.
  • Individuals 21 or older who have completed a motorcycle rider safety course.
  • Any individual riding or operating a three-wheel motorcycle that has an enclosed cab.
  • A passenger who meets the above-listed qualifications and is aged 21 or above.

Why Should I Wear A Helmet If I Don’t Have To?

If you ride your motorcycle without a helmet and you are involved in an accident, this could impact the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit, should you decide to file a claim for damages. If the jury determines, for example, that your failure to wear a helmet contributed to negligence in the accident, your award could be reduced as a result. This is just one reason why it’s a good idea to always wear your helmet anyways.

The Travis Law Firm Helps Injured Motorcycle Riders

Before you need an injury attorney, talk to The Travis Law Firm about which insurance coverages could protect you in the event of an accident. If you have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney at the Travis Law Firm to learn more about your rights – the initial consultation is confidential and free of charge – schedule your free consultation with an attorney now.  With a limited period of time in which you can file an injury claim, it’s in your best interests to get legal help now.