Do I have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Ohio?

In the state of Ohio, it is not required for motorcyclists who are over 18-years-old to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle.

The people in Ohio who are required to wear a helmet include those with a novice license, as well as those who are under the age of 18.

Read more of Ohio’s motorcycle laws.

The motorcycle accident lawyers at our office would like to raise awareness of how important motorcycle helmets are to the safety and well-being of motorcyclists. Although it is not required by law for those over 18, or those without novice licenses, it can mean the difference between life or death if involved in a motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

According to the Center for Disease Control & Protection, helmets prevent 37-percent of deaths of motorcycle drivers and 41-percent of deaths of motorcycle passengers. On their website they recommend that riders always wear a DOT-approved helmet in addition to protective clothing to help give injury protection.

There are 19 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have a universal helmet law. This means that all drivers are required to wear a helmet, no matter their age or level of license. There are 28 that have a law that require the use of helmet for specific riders, like Ohio. Finally, three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire) do not have a motorcycle helmet law at all.

Learn more about temporary permits and a motorcycle endorsement.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The motorcycle accident lawyers at our law office think it is absolutely imperative for riders and passengers to wear helmets. While there are opinions on wearing helmets from the drivers as far as how comfortable they are, or how they affect the driving experience, the fact remains that they save lives.

The frequency of motorcycle accidents is too high to not recognize the importance of protecting yourself with a helmet.

If you are involved in an accident, wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the extent of your injuries.

For more information about motorcycle accidents and what to do if you have been injured in an accident that is caused by another motorist, call our office at 800.637.8170. You can also request a free copy of The Ohio Motorcycle Accident Book that can serve as your legal guide when filing an injury claim. Request a copy when calling into our office, or order online.