Motorcycle Helmet Laws
List of Motorcycle Helmet Law States
The statistics are clear - Motorcycle Helmet Laws reflect the fact that wearing a helmet increases your safety on a motorcycle. It's just a fact.
That being said, in American states, there is some controversy about laws mandating the use of helmets for motorcycle riders. ABATE is a large group of motorcyclists who vehemently believe in the freedom to ride helmet-less, and is a political-action-colaltion dedicated to "preserving the rights of all motorcyclists," and is heavily invested in changing the laws regarding mandatory helmet use.
It is unusual to see motorcyclists in European countries ride without helmets - but then again, protective apparel is much more widely used in Europe. It is just as unusual to see a biker without "full leathers". Motorcycling as a sport is taken very seriously.
Insurance companies also take helmet safety statistics very seriously - if you are injured in an accident and are not wearing a helmet, you may risk very vital medical payments from your insurance company. Read your policy to determine what you are required to do, in terms of protective clothing and helmet use.
East Coast American States
Maine - Requires all motorcycle and sidecar passengers under 15 to wear a helmet. If you are a passenger on the back of the motorcycle, you must also legally wear a helmet.
Vermont - Requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet that is 'reflectorized' in part and of a type approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Although the Commissioner has the power to approve helmet types, the Vermont legislature did pass a law requiring all helmets to be equipped with either a neck or chin strap.
New Hampshire - Requires only those motorcycle drivers and passengers under 18 to wear helmets of the type approved by its Director of Motor Vehicles; helmets must be equipped with a neck or chin strap.
Massachusetts - Massachusetts law requires all motorcycle drivers and riders to wear helmets that conform to the minimum standards prescribed by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The mandatory helmet law also applies to anyone riding in a sidecar. Also mandatory - eye protection if the bike is without a windscreen.
Connecticut - In Connecticut, no one under 18 is permitted to operate or ride on a motorcycle without wearing a helmet.
New York - Requires all motorcycle drivers and riders to wear helmets that comply with federal law. Police authorities of cities, towns, and villages may issue permits exempting members of organizations sponsoring or conducting parades or other public exhibitions from wearing helmets while they are participating.