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Are you required to wear a motorcycle helmet in Pennsylvania?

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating ride. It is a great way to see and travel Pennsylvania. They also help to keep travel costs down by being fuel efficient and easier to maintain. However, motorcycles can also be dangerous -- especially when other cars and trucks are not as careful as they should be. Therefore, companies have developed helmets and other protective gear to make motorcycle riding as safe as possible in the state.

You may feel like wearing this gear is unnecessary in your situation and may be wondering if you are required to wear a helmet under Pennsylvania law.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, you may be required to wear a helmet. Under Pennsylvania laws, you have to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle if you are under the age of 21. If you are 21-years-old or older, you still must wear a helmet unless you have two or more years' worth of experience riding a motorcycle or you have taken a PennDOT approved motorcycle safety class.

If you are required to wear a helmet under this rules, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says that the helmet must comply with state helmet regulations and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in order to satisfy the rule. Additionally, the helmets must include a DOT sticker on the back center of the helmet and include information about the make, model, size and manufacturer of the helmet.

Helmets can help keep you safe in the event of an accident but may not prevent all injuries. You should make sure you understand all your legal rights and remedies following a motorcycle accident. Even if you weren't wearing a helmet, you could still be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, "Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet law fact sheet," accessed Sept. 8, 2014

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