Motorcycle enthusiasts in Arizona often wonder about the state's helmet laws. In this blog post, we will discuss Arizona's motorcycle helmet laws and the potential consequences of not wearing a helmet. We will also provide tips on how to protect yourself while enjoying the freedom of the open road.
1. Arizona's Motorcycle Helmet Laws
According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-964, motorcycle riders and passengers under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet that meets the standards of the United States Department of Transportation. Riders and passengers aged 18 and older are not required to wear a helmet, but they must wear protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield.
2. Consequences for Not Wearing a Helmet
While adult riders in Arizona are not required to wear a helmet, it is important to understand the potential consequences of not doing so. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69% and the risk of death by 37%. Furthermore, not wearing a helmet can lead to higher medical bills, longer recovery times, and increased insurance premiums.
3. Tips for Protecting Yourself
To minimize the risks associated with motorcycle riding, consider the following tips:
- Wear a helmet: Even if it is not required by law, wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of head injury and death in the event of an accident.
- Obtain proper insurance coverage: Ensure you have adequate insurance coverage to protect yourself financially in the event of an accident.
- Take a motorcycle safety course: Completing a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course can improve your riding skills and may even qualify you for a discount on your insurance premiums.
4. Seek Legal Advice if Necessary
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney. The team at Yen Pilch Robaina & Kresin is well-versed in Arizona's personal injury laws and can help you navigate any legal issues that may arise.
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