There are many ways to get around in the state of Pennsylvania. When individuals choose to ride motorcycles, it can be a freeing and exhilarating experience. However, motorcyclists are also at risk for accidents. Their small size can make it difficult for other vehicles to see them on the roadways. Also, many drivers fail to recognize when a motorcyclist has the right-of-way. This can also lead to accidents.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, motorcyclists are at risk for great injuries. Without the presence of a steel frame, safety glass and the other protections of a larger vehicle, motorcyclists can suffer severe injuries. Head injuries, back injuries and broken bones are not uncommon. In an effort to prevent some of these injuries, Pennsylvania has adopted motorcycle helmet laws.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, motorcyclists are required to wear helmets. There are some exceptions to this rule, however.
Motorcyclists can choose not to wear helmet if they are 21-years-old or older and have either completed a motorcycle safety course or have two years of riding experience. People riding in three wheeled enclosed cabins attached to motorcycles are also exempt from wearing a helmet.
In addition to the motorcycle helmet requirement, the Department of Transportation (DOT) also requires certain helmets to be used. People can only comply with the helmet requirement if their helmets meet the Pennsylvania motorcycle helmet requirements. The helmet must have a DOT sticker, labeled with the identification of the manufacturer, the size, the model and when the helmet was manufactured. The sticker must be present on the back of the helmet and must be legible. There is also a requirement for eye protection under Pennsylvania law.
Despite helmet use, motorcyclists can be seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. When this happens, motorcyclists need to know their legal rights. It is important for motorcyclists to seek compensation in many cases. An attorney may be able to help individuals understand these rights and help to enforce them.