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Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet?

June 20, 2018

Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state, so it can be confusing to know whether or not you need to wear one. It’s motorcycle season and many motorcyclists are taking to the roads to enjoy the nice weather, so we thought we’d give you a reminder about Kentucky and Indiana motorcycle helmet laws.

  • In Kentucky, you have to wear a helmet if you are under 21, hold a learner’s permit, or have had your motorcycle license for less than one year. All others do not have to wear a helmet.
  • In Indiana, you have to wear a helmet if you are under 18 or if you hold a learner’s permit.

If you are riding your motorcycle between states, remember to follow the motorcycle helmet laws of the state you are in. Remember that even though a state may not require you to wear a helmet, it is still a good idea to do so. A helmet can potentially save your life if you are in a motorcycle accident.

Reasons to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet

Riding a motorcycle can bring a great sense of freedom and thrill, which some people think is hampered if they have to wear a helmet. However, motorcycles are also inherently more dangerous than cars, as riders are far more exposed and vulnerable in the case of a crash. Wearing a helmet does not protect against all types of catastrophic injury, but it is the best defense against catastrophic or traumatic brain injury.

Riders who wear a helmet are less likely to suffer severe brain injuries, and are also less likely to be killed in a crash. It’s like wearing a seat belt in a car – it can’t prevent you from being hurt entirely, but it can help to ensure your injuries are less severe and you have a better chance of survival.

Traumatic brain injury can lead to long-term symptoms that may negatively impact your ability to work and sustain relationships. These symptoms can include, among others:

  • Memory loss
  • Loss of cognitive function
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Personality changes

What To Do If You Are In A Motorcycle Accident

Even the most experienced motorcyclist may end up in a motorcycle crash. Other drivers on the road may behave unpredictably, unexpected potholes or rough patches on the road may appear, or your motorcycle itself may break down in some way.

If you are in a motorcycle accident, the first thing to do is seek medical help. It is rare for a motorcycle driver to escape a crash completely unscathed. Even if you think you are fine, you should still see a doctor to make sure. It is possible for symptoms to appear days, weeks, or even months later.

The next thing to do is call the Karl Truman Law Office. We have extensive experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents obtain compensation for their injuries. We can help to value your claim, deal with insurance, and pinpoint the liable party to sue for damages. Without the help of a lawyer, you will most likely receive a small insurance settlement that may not even cover the full extent of your hospital bills.

Schedule Your Motorcycle Accident Free Consultation

If you have been in a motorcycle crash, call Karl Truman today at 502-222-2222 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We are happy to help motorcycle crash victims obtain the compensation they need and deserve in order to move on with their life.

We serve clients in Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana.