Helmet Laws for Safety
Motorcyclists are involved in a large number of traffic crashes each year. Combine this with the greater vulnerability of their operators and a serious safety problem is created. Helmet laws can help ease this problem. They increase the safety of motorcyclists and decrease the severity of injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. In fact, helmets serve to reduce the risk of death by 37 percent and reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent.
Massachusetts Helmet Laws
The state of Massachusetts has a mandatory helmet law. This law requires all motorcycle drivers and riders (including those riding in a sidecar) to wear helmets that conform to the Registrar of Motor Vehicle standards. Operators must also wear protective eyewear in the form of eyeglasses, goggles, or a face shield if the motorcycle does not have a windshield.
If you are found not to be wearing your helmet or protective eyewear, a fine for the 1st offense is $35, with a resulting insurance surcharge for six or seven years. For the 2nd offense, the fine ranges from $75 to $100, with another increase in surcharges. Additional potential costs could result for towing the bike from the scene.
Other ways in which the state increases the safety of motorcyclists include:
- Mandatory rider education courses
- Special endorsements on driver licenses
- Reducing the number of impaired motorcyclists
- Increasing motorist awareness of motorcycles
Even if you follow the helmet law, wear protective eyewear, take educational courses, and adhere to safe operation on the road, you are still more likely to be injured if in an accident while operating a motorcycle than if operating a passenger vehicle. If you are injured while riding a motorcycle and another driver is at fault, you may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Call the Law Guys at 1.800.LAW.GUYS
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Kelly & Soto Law are experienced in the area of personal injury and can help you through your claim. Insurance companies will attempt to contact you immediately following the accident in an attempt to get to you before you retain counsel. They will likely attempt to provide you low ball offers and settle your claim without your involving an attorney.
In the event you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us at 1.800.LAW.GUYS. We would be more than happy to speak to you about the process and provide you a realistic valuation of your claim. Here at Kelly & Soto, our lawyers work on a contingency fee. Simply said, if we don’t win, we don’t get paid, period.
Do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Kelly & Soto Law immediately if you have been in a crash. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will give you a quick and thorough analysis of your potential claims and utilize all resources to give you the legal representation you deserve. Fill out the contact us form or call one of our attorneys at 1.800.LAW.GUYS for a free consultation today.