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Are Motorcycle Helmets Mandatory in PA?

Clients often ask this question, especially after being involved in some sort of motorcycle accident. Here are the facts.

Under Pennsylvania’s helmet law (75 Pa. C.S.A. Section 3525), riders are not required to wear helmets if they are over 21 years of age and have completed the state’s motorcycle safety course. However, even though helmets are not mandatory for all riders, the risk of getting into an accident is the same for everyone.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that one out of every five motorcycle crashes result in head or neck injuries, and that riders wearing helmets are 50 percent less likely to be seriously injured in a crash than those not wearing helmets. This makes use of a helmet vital. And even though helmet use might be optional for some, all riders are required by Pennsylvania state law to wear eye protection while operating a motorcycle. Use of goggles is a fine means to protect your eyes, but a good helmet will come equipped with an effective faceshield.

A full-face helmet credited for saving its user.

A full-face helmet credited for saving its user.    © by Jeff Dean

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