Helmet Laws by State

Whether your state requires it by law or not, we encourage all motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times. Helmets save thousands of lives every year, and can save yours too! If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, contact our RI bike accident lawyers for a free consultation. You’re in good hands with The Bottaro Law Firm!

Helmet Laws by State Infographic
In 2008, at least 1,829 lives were saved because riders were wearing helmets. An additional 822 victims would have lived had they used a helmet.

  • Only 19 states and Washington, D.C. have universal helmet laws.
  • 7 states have repealed the universal helmet law since 1997: Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Michigan.
  • Motorcycle accident fatalities increased in all 7 of these states, including a 108% increase in Louisiana.

Source: Governor’s Highway Safety Administration
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