Are we any closer to a repeal of the state helmet law in California? Based on trends in legislative changes throughout the country, the answer is a resounding… maybe. This week, a bill that would repeal Michigan's motorcycle laws passed the state House of Representatives. The bill was approved by a vote of 69-39. If it is approved by the state senate, the law will allow riders 21 years of age or older to ride without helmets, provided they have been licensed for at least two years, or have passed a motorcycle safety course.
A few years ago, my home state of Pennsylvania repealed its helmet law, as did Kentucky and Florida. In Missouri, a successful bill to repeal the helmet law was vetoed by the state's governor. And here, just about every year, motorcycle rights organizations in California fight for the same thing: the right to ride without a helmet.
Fundamentally, I am all about freedom of choice. Ideologically, I don't believe that the government should tell experienced adult riders what safety equipment they should wear. So a large part of me applauds the state legislatures of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Florida, and Michigan. (Click here for a state-by-state look at motorcycle helmet laws.)
That doesn't change the fact that we at Riderz Law believe that regardless of the law, every rider should wear safety equipment, from reflective clothing and jackets to proper footwear, to gloves, to — first and foremost, a DOT-approved helmet. We firmly believe that helmets save lives, and regardless of how cautiously you ride, you cannot account for every distracted driver's negligence. Teenagers texting, business men late for work, soccer moms doing their makeup while they drive. California roads are a dangerous place. Braving them without proper training and proper safety equipment makes them even more dangerous. Just food for thought from your favorite motorcycle accident lawyer.