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Why don’t I have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin, Iowa or Illinois but I do when I drive my motorcycle in some other states?

State law determines whether or not you have to wear a motorcycle helmet. Currently, there is not an Illinois motorcycle helmet law, which means that motorcycle riders are not required to wear a helmet. As of June 2012, Illinois is one of only three states in the nation without any kind of motorcycle helmet law. In Wisconsin, motorcycle helmet laws require only those with instructional or learner’s permits to wear a helmet. The vast majority of adult motorcycle riders do not have to wear a helmet. Other states have different laws and it is important to know those laws before you ride a motorcycle in a different state.


Of course, just because the law does not require you to wear a helmet does not mean that you should not wear a helmet. All Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin motorcycle drivers and passengers have the right to wear a helmet. Helmets have been shown to prevent serious traumatic brain injuries and fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Accordingly, many groups recommend that motorcycle riders consistently wear helmets for protection.


If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa motorcycle accident then it is important to contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet. Hupy and Abraham maintain seven offices across Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin for your convenience. You can reach an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney by calling 1-800-800-5678 toll-free to be connected to the nearest Hupy and Abraham office.


If you, or a loved one, have been hurt then we also encourage you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about protecting your rights and possible recovery.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham