Motorcycle Helmets: California Personal Lawyer Says “Who Needs ‘Em?”


Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 7, 2013

Hey, our brains are a good thing. For us to survive, we need them to stay undamaged. So there is a law in California designed for that purpose. In fact, California Vehicle Code Section 27803(a) requires that “a driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.”

What’s the reasoning behind the law? Simple. Section (g) states “it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety benefit while riding or operating a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.”

Motorcycle helmets help protect your most valuable asset: Your Brain!

A June 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control states “Helmet use consistently has been shown to reduce motorcycle crash–related injuries and deaths.” Read article here

The CDC article “Motorcycle Safety” is a short piece chock full of great motorcycle safety tips for riders and passengers:

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Never ride your motorcycle after drinking. Alcohol greatly impairs your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • Don’t let friends ride impaired. Take their keys away.
  • Wear protective clothing that provides some level of injury protection.Upper body clothing should also include bright colors or reflective materials, so that other motorists can more easily see you.
  • Avoid tailgating.
  • Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.

Please call or e-mail me (consultations are ALWAYS free) if you have any questions or concerns related to motorcycle accidents or safety. In my 14 years as a personal injury lawyer, I’ve represented many motorcyclists who’ve suffered injuries from broken bones to traumatic brain injury.

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