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Does Wisconsin law require that I wear a motorcycle helmet as the driver or passenger of a bike?

In 1978 Wisconsin repealed its universal helmet law for motorcyclists. Currently, the Wisconsin motorcycle helmet law is what is known as a partial helmet law, because it applies only to certain people. Specifically, it is against the law to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Wisconsin if you are under age 18 or if you are operating the motorcycle with an instructional permit.

Of course, just because Wisconsin law does not require you to wear helmet does not mean that you shouldn’t wear a helmet as an adult. Various studies have found that motorcycle helmets can significantly reduce motorcycle accident injuries and deaths. Accordingly, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and others encourage all states to adopt universal helmet laws that require all motorcyclists and passengers to wear helmets.

You may have the right to recover damages for accident related injuries if you were hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle crash, regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of your accident. In order to make sure that your rights, and potential recovery, are protected, it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. You can reach an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney today via this website or by calling 414-223-4800 (local) or 1-800-800-5678 (toll-free throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin).

We also invite you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about how to protect your rights.


Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham