Enough has been said about the importance of wearing a proper helmet while riding a motorcycle. Using a proper helmet can save lives of motorcycle riders and passengers, and prevent many disabling injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, riding a motorcycle is much more dangerous than driving a car.
In 2014, the chances of being killed in a motorcycle crash were 27 times higher for motorcycle riders compared to car occupants. Wearing a helmet means 37 percent better chances of survival in an accident and 67 percent better chances of preventing a brain injury compared to riders who do not wear a helmet.
Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer is often asked whether there are any motorcycle helmet laws in Illinois. In this post, we will answer this common question.
Helmet laws in Illinois
Currently, Illinois does not require a motorcycle rider or passenger to wear a helmet while the motorcycle is in operation. In fact, Illinois is one of the three states that do not have any laws necessitating helmet usage by motorcycle riders. However, Illinois has laws that require riders to use safety goggles that can provide frontal and side protection.
While Illinois does not have any specific laws on helmet usage, there are federal laws on motorcycle helmet usage. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has enacted the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218, which has standards on design and manufacturing of motorcycle helmets. These standards require that motorcycle helmets should provide protection for specific speeds and the various levels of impact.
Apart from these standards, the Snell Memorial Foundation has also set its own standards for motorcycle safety. Although these standards are voluntary, but many motorcycle riders and passengers follow these standards for better safety. Snell certification is an indicator of the helmet’s quality.
There is nothing that beats the pleasure of riding a motorcycle with cool winds brushing past to you. However, it is important to understand that just because the Illinois does not require you to use a helmet, it does not mean it is safe to ride without one. This independence and excitement of riding without a helmet can cost you your life or at least quality of life.
Remember, motorcycle riders are not protected from the side, rear, front, and top like car, truck and other automobile drivers are. In event of a motorcycle crash, the rider and passengers fall directly to the ground. The resulting impact can cause severe injuries ranging from broken bones, severe lacerations, traumatic brain injuries and even amputations. If the motorcyclist suffers a brain injury, it can cause physical disabilities, unbearable pain, loss of cognitive abilities, and loss of life’s pleasure. In worse cases, death can occur. The chances of all this happening can reduce drastically if you wear a proper helmet.
If the motorcyclist suffers a brain injury, it can cause physical disabilities, unbearable pain, loss of cognitive abilities, and loss of life’s pleasure. In worse cases, death can occur. The chances of all this happening can reduce drastically if you wear a proper helmet.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a driver’s negligence, contact a competent Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer to pursue a claim for compensation.