Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Helmet Laws May Change in Coming Months

A new piece of legislation by State Representative Dan Frankel (D) is working to reverse a 2003 law that allows motorcycle riders over 21 to ride without a helmet, given that they completed an official motorcycle safety course sanctioned by the state. This new piece of legislation would require that all riders, regardless of age, be required to wear a helmet while riding their motorcycle. In addition to this bill, two other bills relating to motorcycle use were also addressed—one proposing that motorcyclists who do not wear a helmet will have to purchase additional insurance, and another that would require different license plates for motorcycle riders under 21 years old. The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives will be reconvening in June to discuss new legislation, and this piece will most likely be discussed among the other bills.
Wearing a helmet is a common safety procedure that this law office feels should be followed at all times to protect yourself, whether you are on a bicycle or a motorcycle. However, we recognize that, at this time, mandatory helmet laws for those over 21 are not yet in effect. We also strongly feel that motorcyclists, cars, and bicyclists should share the road in a responsible and respectful manner. If you are a motorcyclist who has been wrongfully injured in a motor vehicle accident and may suffer from a spinal cord, brain, or other serious injury, please contact our law office for a consultation at no cost to you.

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