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Do I have to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Wisconsin?

Twenty states have mandatory helmet laws; Wisconsin is not one of those states. In Wisconsin, only motorcyclists under age 18 must wear a helmet.

However, wearing a helmet is not a bad idea. Numerous studies show that wearing a helmet can make a significant difference in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident.

  • In Kentucky, motorcyclists who did not wear helmets were 4.4 times more likely to suffer a head injury in a motorcycle crash.
  • A French study found that a helmet decreases serious motorcycle accident injury by 66 percent.
  • In Thailand head injuries decreased by 41 percent in two years after helmets became mandatory. 
  • When helmet laws were repealed in Arkansas and Texas, helmet use dropped to 52 percent in Arkansas and to 66 percent in Texas. Motorcycle fatalities increased 21 percent in Arkansas and 31 percent in Texas.

If you are over 18, it is your choice whether or not to wear a helmet. However, our Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers have seen the devastation that a motorcycle accident brain injury can cause. We suggest that you make this choice carefully.

If you choose to wear a helmet, choose one that fits well and doesn’t obstruct your vision. For more information, read our article, “A Wisconsin Motorcycle Lawyer’s Guide To Choosing Your Motorcycle Helmet.”

If you are injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash, be sure to request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. The guide explains your rights and how to protect them. If you would like to discuss your crash with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney, contact Hupy & Abraham at 800-800-5678.