Motorcyclist putting on his motorcycle helmet before getting on his bike.

What to Know About Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Ohio

As spring turns to summer and the weather gets nicer, you may want to jump on your motorcycle and go for a ride. There’s something about the wind in your hair and on your back that makes riding exhilarating. 

But regardless of whether you are a first-time rider or have been riding for years, it’s extremely important that you understand all of the Ohio traffic laws surrounding motorcycles, such as helmet law.  

Who is Required to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet?

Motorcycles are extremely dangerous because they do not afford riders with the same protection of an enclosed vehicle such as a car. 

Under Ohio law, most riders are not actually required to wear helmets. The only individuals who are required to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle include:

  • You are a novice rider (this is for the duration of your first year after issuance)
  • You are under the age of 18
  • You are a passenger on a motorcycle who’s operator is required to wear a helmet

Even if You Don’t Have to, Wear a Helmet Anyway!

It is important to understand that just because Ohio does not require everyone to wear a helmet and does not take its absence into consideration of damages, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t wear one anyway. Most motorcycle accidents are quite severe and wearing a helmet can be a matter of life and death. Therefore it’s worth it to mess up your hair or feel a bit uncomfortable if it means saving your life. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Wearing a helmet is the single most effective way or reducing head injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle and bicycle crashes.” It can actually reduce your severity of injury by about 70 percent and the chance of a fatality by 40 percent. 

While helmets are not often mandatory, it is important to note that protective eyewear is actually required. Also, while riders are prohibited from wearing earplugs, there is no law or restriction regarding wearing a helmet with speakers. 

The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney. 

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Personal Injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with motorcycle accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today