Riding a motorcycle can be a liberating experience, and it can be tempting to not wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet however, can make the difference between life and death in a motorcycle accident. Many motorcyclists do not wear helmets, which can become a safety and liability issue in the event of a motorcycle accident. It’s always smart to practice Motorcycle Safety, and wear a helmet regardless of which state you’re riding in, but the laws do vary from state to state…
Motorcycle Helmet Law in Massachusetts
Title XIV. Public Ways and Works Chapter 90. Motor Vehicles and Aircraft. Section 7.
“Every person operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle shall wear protective head gear conforming with such minimum standards of construction and performance as the registrar may prescribe, and no person operating a motorcycle shall permit any other person to ride as a passenger on such motorcycle or in a sidecar attached to such motorcycle unless such passenger is wearing such protective head gear,. . .”
Motorcycle Helmet Law in Rhode Island
§ 31-10.1-4 Required equipment.
“Any operator under the age of twenty-one (21) shall wear a helmet of a type approved by the administrator of motor vehicles. In addition, all new operators, regardless of age, shall be required, for a period of one year from the date of issuance of the first license pursuant to wear a helmet of a type approved by said administrator…”
Protect Your Head
Head injuries are the leading cause of motorcycle accident related deaths. When you look at the statistics it really doesn’t make much sense to forgo wearing a helmet. Riding safe begins with the right safety equipment.