When are you Required to Wear a Helmet when Operating a Motorcycle in Connecticut?
For those who are not motorcycle enthusiasts, the question of whether or not a biker should wear a helmet seems like a question with an obvious answer – helmets should always be worn. But for many of those who do ride, having the freedom to head out to the highway unfettered and feeling the wind without interference is part of the experience, and helmet laws are objectionable. Unfortunately for motorcyclists, motorcycle injuries and the government’s interest in keeping people healthy has led to motorcycle laws throughout the country. Though the federal government was successful in forcing many states to adopt universal helmet laws by threatening to withhold financial support of highways, many states later chafed at these controls and had them reversed. This left just 19 states with laws requiring that helmets always be worn, no matter what type of two-wheeled cycle is driven, while other states allow those riding lower powered vehicles with less horsepower to skip the headgear. For those wondering when they are required to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle in Connecticut, the answer is simple: always.
The state of Connecticut’s laws regarding protective headgear is not limited to the motorcycle driver. It also includes motorcycle passengers. Failure to comply to the laws subjects either the rider or the passenger to a fine, but that is not the only reason why Connecticut motorcyclists should wear one. Motorcycle helmet laws are designed to reduce the risk of injury. Studies done in states that have repealed their helmet laws reveal that their number of rider fatalities increased by 66 percent, and hospitalization for head injuries increased by 78 percent.
Though motorcycle riders may prefer not to wear a helmet, the laws are in place to minimize the injuries that are suffered when motorcyclists are struck by automobiles and other vehicles. They also protect riders from debris such as rocks that may be on the road, and dust that can get into the eyes and impact the ability to see the road clearly. They also protect riders and drivers from the impact of weather.
The injuries suffered by motorcyclists who get into accidents with cars can be catastrophic: in fact, according to emergency room physicians, the cost of treating a traumatic motorcycle injury exceeds $10,000 in less than half an hour’s time, and if a rider is not wearing a helmet the costs go far higher. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and you believe that it was caused by another driver’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses you’ve incurred, as well as any lost wages, rehabilitation costs, or other damages that you’ve suffered. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers aggressively pursue the rights of motorcycle riders, and we’ll work to make sure you get what you deserve.