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Street Bike Helmet Laws

The open road is calling you. You've got your motorcycle riding gear on and no agenda other than feeling the wind in your hair. But wait, to feel the wind in your hair you'll have to ride without your helmet. Is this a good idea? While you may feel that's a risk you're willing to take, the law may say otherwise.

Helmet Laws Vary by State

The best street motorcycle helmets protect you from serious harm and injury in the event of a crash. To ride safely and legally, you should know the motorcycle helmet laws for the state where you live. If you are taking a long road trip across several states, you will have to research the laws for each state you drive across. Here is a simple breakdown you can use as a guideline:

  • States with a law that requires all riders to wear a helmet are California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire. 
  • States with no helmet law are Iowa and Illinois.
  • The remaining states have a law based upon age. You will need to check with the state to learn at what age helmets are required.

Laws Can Specify Type of Helmet

Not only do some states attach age requirements to their laws, they may also be very specific about the type of helmet that must be worn. For example, Alabama law states that helmets must have a hard exterior shell, an impact-resistant lining, and a permanently attached, adjustable chin strap. In Washington, riders must also wear goggles or a face shield.

Learn about the street bike helmet laws where you live and ride and plan accordingly. Go online today and look for helmets that meet your safety needs and will provide you with years of happy trails.

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