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The Ins and Outs of California’s Motorcycle Helmet Law

As a motorcycle rider in California, it’s important to understand the state’s laws regarding helmet use. Not only can a helmet protect you in the event of an accident, but it’s also required by law in most cases. Here’s what you need to know about California’s motorcycle helmet law.

Who is Required to Wear a Helmet in California?

In California, all motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear a helmet that meets certain safety standards.

What are the Requirements for a Helmet in California?

According to the California Highway Patrol, a motorcycle helmet must meet the following requirements:

  • It must have a hard outer shell and a shock-absorbing liner.
  • It must have a chin strap that can be fastened securely.
  • It must be certified by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • It must be in good condition and free of any defects that could affect its ability to protect you in an accident.

What are the Consequences of Not Wearing a Helmet in California?

If you are caught riding a motorcycle without a helmet in California, you can be fined up to $250 and/or have a year of probation. In addition, if you are involved in an accident and are not wearing a helmet, it could affect your ability to recover damages from your injuries.

Why Should You Wear a Helmet?

Aside from everyone being legally required to wear a helmet in California, there are still plenty of reasons to wear one. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of a fatal head injury by 37%. In addition, a helmet can protect you from other types of injuries, such as facial injuries and road rash.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. Eliot Reiner, APLC has been helping clients in Sacramento and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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