NTSB Drops Bid for Mandatory Helmet Law – For Now

by Monty Yolles on December 6, 2012

Does Your State Have Mandatory Helmet Laws?

For some time, the National Transportation and Safety Board has been urging states to adopt motorcycle helmet laws for all riders, citing the daily death toll of more than 12 motorcyclists each day in crashes throughout the U.S.  That number has been on the rise as a greater percentage of the population chooses motorcycles over passenger vehicles.

The National Transportation Safety Board can’t force individual states to enact helmet laws, nor can it offer money to states for passing tougher helmet laws.  Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire do not currently have any helmet laws.  Twenty-seven other states require some riders to wear helmets, while the remaining twenty states and the District of Columbiarequire helmets for all riders.  A current list of state helmet laws can be seen here at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Law or no law, consumers appear to be donning helmets more often on their own.  A report by the Department of Transportation shows that the use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets in 2009 was at 67%, up from 63% in 2008. The report also noted that motorcycle helmet use increased over the past five years.  Increased voluntary helmet use may have been part of the reason the National Transportation Safety Board dropped tougher helmet laws from its list of the ten most-wanted safety improvements in November.

A person injured in a motorcycle accident may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, especially if the accident could have been reasonably prevented or was caused by the negligence of another driver.

Since every case is fact-specific, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the facts related to your case and help you choose the right course of action.

At The Yolles Legal Group, we will fight for your rights and seek monetary damages if you were injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Marylandpersonal injury attorney who regularly handles motorcycle accident cases.  He can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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