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I read that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has dropped mandatory motorcycle helmet laws from its ten most-wanted safety improvements. Does this mean that wearing a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin is no longer important?

You are correct that the National Transportation Safety Board’s 2013 list of ten most-wanted safety improvements list does not contain a provision requiring mandatory helmets for motorcycle riders. In fact, this year’s list does not contain any motorcycle-specific safety improvements.

The exclusion of mandatory helmets for motorcycle riders from the list has been met with conflicting reactions from safety groups, motorcycle advocacy groups, and others. Some are angered by the NTSB’s exclusion of the mandatory helmet provision, while others believe that it is a sign that state and local efforts are working to protect motorcyclists from serious head injuries.

Regardless of whether motorcycle helmets are included on this year’s NTSB safety improvements list, it is important for Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa motorcyclists to make their own decisions about whether or not they decide to wear a motorcycle helmet. At Hupy and Abraham, we believe that this decision is within a rider's rights.

What is important is the fact that you should seek legal help if you have been injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck—no matter whether or not you were wearing a helmet. For more information, we encourage you to contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and to read our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, which is available for FREE on our website.