If you're a motorcycle rider in Ohio, you may be wondering whether you're required to wear a helmet. The answer is yes, but there are some important nuances to the law that you should be aware of. Here's what you need to know.
The Basics of Ohio's Helmet Law
In Ohio, all motorcycle riders and passengers who are under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets. The helmet must be certified by the Department of Transportation (DOT). It must also be securely fastened under the chin with a strap.
Exceptions to the Helmet Law
If you're over the age of 18 you're not required to wear a helmet. Even if you don't have to wear a motorcycle helmet it's still a good idea to wear one. Studies have shown that helmets can significantly reduce the risk of head injuries in motorcycle accidents.
Choosing the Right Helmet
If you're in the market for a new motorcycle helmet, it's important to choose one that meets safety standards and fits properly. Look for a helmet that's certified by the DOT or Snell Memorial Foundation, and make sure it fits snugly without being too tight.
You'll also want to consider the type of riding you'll be doing. Full-face helmets offer the most protection, while half helmets are more lightweight and comfortable for shorter rides.
Get Help from an Ohio Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident in Ohio, it's important to seek legal help as soon as possible. Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC is here to help. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal system and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.