Experienced motorcyclists possess a high level of skill that helps keep them safe during each trip. Yet no matter how skilled a rider may be, there is also some element of luck that helps motorcyclists avoid a negligent driver when they are riding on Connecticut’s highways.
When luck is no longer on your side, wearing a helmet may help prevent serious injuries or death.
Do motorcyclists have to wear a helmet in Connecticut?
Helmets are not mandated in Connecticut. Only passengers and riders under 18 and those with motorcycle learner’s permits must wear a helmet. Even though there isn’t a rule that forces you to wear a helmet, there are plenty of reasons why you should.
How will a helmet help me?
Recent data shows that wearing a helmet has meant the difference between life and death, time and time again. Here are some specific examples from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Nearly 5,000 individuals died in motorcycle accidents in 2018
- The most recent CDC data suggests helmet use saved the lives of 1,859 people and could have potentially saved 802 more lives
- Helmet use reduces the risk of death by 37% and the risk of a head injury by 69%
Instead of pressing your luck and relying on skill alone, it’s essential to add an extra layer of protection whenever possible. In an instant, your whole world can change if you cross paths with a motor vehicle operator who is negligent or distracted.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Suisman Shapiro can help.