Motorcycle Helmet Laws Vary In The U.S.
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state in our country. Laws for motorcyclists have seen
major changes during the past half a century. According to the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety, 19 states and the District of Columbia currently
have laws requiring helmets for all motorcyclists. This is known as the
universal helmet laws. In 28 states, laws requiring only some motorcyclists
to wear a helmet are in place. In three states, Illinois, Iowa and New
Hampshire, there are no laws for motorcycle helmet use.
As a result of pressure from the federal government, more states have developed
universal helmet laws. For states to qualify for certain federal safety
programs and highway construction funds back in 1967, states were required
to enact helmet use laws. This federal incentive worked, and almost all
the states had universal motorcycle helmet laws. But in 1976, states successfully
stopped the financial penalties from Department of Transportation. Since
1976, the laws began to vary greatly from state to state and more lenient
laws were replaced.
Currently, 23 states have motorcycle helmet laws that cover all low-power
cycles. The District of Columbia along with 24 states have laws that cover
some low-power cycles. The IIHS uses a generic term, low-power cycles,
to cover nonmotorcycle motors, such as cycles, scooters, mopeds, and various
other 2-wheeled cycles. These low-power cycles are excluded from the motorcycle
definition. A low-power cycle is a cycle with brake horsepower of 2 or
less, an engine displacement of 50 ccs or less, and top speeds of 30 mph or less.
As advocates for the safety of all motorcyclist and low-powered cyclist,
Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, fights the for rights of accident victims
in the Greater St. Louis area.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at our downtown St. Louis office.