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Helmet Laws Help Prevent Death in Motorcycle Accidents

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Every state has slightly different legal requirements with regard to equipment for motorcyclists and bicyclists. Some states don’t require that motorcyclist wear helmets, but do insist that they wear eye protection. Louisiana requires that all motorcyclists wear helmets that meet specific safety requirements. Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than passengers in a standard car, even if they’re wearing a helmet.

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys at Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers to be sure that you’ve received the appropriate compensation. In the meantime, refresh your knowledge of these laws for motorcyclists and bicyclists in the state of Louisiana.
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Are helmets required?

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As we stated above, all motorcyclists and their passengers are legally required to wear a helmet according to the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles. Your helmet should include padding, a visor, and a chinstrap in order to best protect you. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,motorcyclists who wear helmets are 37 percent less likely to die in an accident than those who ride without one.

Helmets are required not just for motorcyclists and their passengers, but also for motorized bicycles and other motor-driven cycles. This law does not apply to a standard bicycle, where individuals may make their own decisions about helmet safety.

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Other required motorcycle equipment?

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Helmets aren’t the only piece of safety equipment that motorcyclists are required to utilize in order to prevent accidents. According to the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles, motorcycles must:

  • Have a properly mounted reflector.
  • Use headlights when driving, even during the day.
  • Have footrests if carrying a passenger on the vehicle.

These are some of the ways in which accidents or death can be prevented by motorcyclists. However, there are still drivers on the road that are not aware of or cautious concerning motorcyclists.

 

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