Helmets Can Mitigate the Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on July 20, 2016

A motorcycle helmet on the roadThe legal team of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have helped countless injury accident victims throughout the sate. While based in Provo, we will be sure to fight for people throughout the state of Utah. We believe in helping people achieve peace of mind, which is crucial given the many complexities involved in the legal process.

Serious auto accidents can lead to severe and fatal injuries, which is why having skilled attorneys on your side is so important. There are some things motorists can do to protect themselves from major harm. With that in mind, let's look at some Utah laws regarding motorcycle helmets and motorcycle safety.

The Importance of Motorcycle Helmets

Motorcycle helmets are an essential part of safety gear for anyone who rides or is a passenger on a motorcycle. By wearing a motorcycle, you make serious injuries to the face and skull less likely. You also greatly reduce your chances of suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Wearing a motorcycle helmet can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Utah

Like other states in America, Utah has some specific laws with regard to wearing a motorcycle helmet.

According to Utah state law, anyone age 17 or younger is required to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. People ages 18 and older are not legally required to wear a motorcycle helmet.

It should also be noted that there are no laws that mandate the need to wear eye protection, nor are there laws that prohibit or restrict the use of helmet speakers.

Other Important Motorcycle Laws in Utah

In addition to helmet laws, some other important Utah motorcycle laws are as follows:

  • At least one rear view mirror is required on a vehicle
  • Motorcyclists must have insurance
  • Lane splitting (i.e., riding along the line between lanes) is not allowed

The Dangers of Head Injuries and Brain Damage

Even though you may not be legally required to wear a helmet, it's recommended that anyone riding a motorcycle wear a helmet with the vehicle is in motion. The reason for this is the dangers of head trauma injuries and brain damage.

A major head or brain injury can lead to severe issues with cognition and motor skills. A concussion, for instance, can lead to mood disorders, memory loss, issues with concentration, and speech problems. Serious open head injuries or major closed head injuries can also lead to major problems, such as depression, diminished mental capacity, and loss of muscle control.

Other Protective Gear for Motorcyclists

While a helmet is definitely essential for protecting yourself as a motorcyclist, it's also important to consider other kinds of gear that can prevent lacerations, contusions, disfigurement, and nerve injuries.

  • Riding jackets
  • Proper pants/li>
  • Riding boots
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection (if no visor on helmet)

Remember: it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when being sorry could cost you your life.

Contact the Lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

To learn more about your legal rights following a serious motorcycle accident, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our team of auto accident attorneys today. The lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton will work diligently with you to ensure that you legal rights and options are noted during the legal process.

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