Feeling the wind on your face as your cruise on your motorcycle can be exhilarating. You may have considered wearing a helmet in the past, but decided against it.
The facts may put your indecision at rest: Idaho experienced 554 motorcycle crashes in a recent year, with only 57.5% of those motorcyclists wearing a helmet.
Wearing a helmet can mean the difference between minor and catastrophic injuries. Fatalities increase significantly when a rider chooses to not wear head protection.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash near Caldwell, Attorney Matthew Andrew is available for a free consultation.
Idaho requires riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). This law pertains to drivers and passengers on motorcycles, motorbikes, utility type vehicles (UTVs), and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
Head protective gear is NOT required for riders in the following circumstances:
The helmet law is designed to protect minors from serious injuries while riding. While wearing a protective helmet may impede your freedom, it can save your life.
Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle due to:
Since motorcyclists are not protected by an enclosed vehicle, a crash carries serious consequences. One study found that per mile driven, motorcyclists are twenty-four times more likely to die in a crash than car drivers.
With the odds against them, wearing safety equipment, especially a helmet, can reduce the risk of serious injury and death.
Motorcyclists are prone to the following complications:
The federal government estimates that wearing a helmet reduces your risk of dying in a crash by 37%.
In addition to wearing head protection, motorcyclists can take the following precautions while riding:
The injuries you can face in a motorcycle accident can prevent you from living a full life. If you have been in a motorcycle crash, you need a dedicated attorney working on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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