Motorcycle riders are lobbying Nevada administrators to join the 30 other states that have defied federal efforts requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets in the event of a motorcycle accident.
Nevada Assembly Bill 300 (or AB300) aims to change the current law ordering all motorcycle drivers to wear protective headgear to prevent serious injury in motorcycle crashes. Parts of the new bill states includes exceptions for riders over the age of 21 and riders who have been riding for more than a year.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys fully support mandatory motorcycle helmets. Motorcycles travel at the same high rate of speed that cars do, but motorcycles are smaller in size making catastrophic injuries and even fatal motorcycle accidents more possible due to their lack of safety features.
Regardless of age or amount of experience, helmets are the first line of defense in preventing broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or physical disabilities if you get into a motorcycle accident.
In an article from the Associated Press, a Reno motorcyclist said, “We [motorcyclists] are not out there trying to kill ourselves. Our goal is to prevent or have (motorcycle) accidents avoided, not have safer accidents.”
Nevada doctors and law enforcement officers testified against the bill that has the potential to make riders more prone to catastrophic injury or fatal motorcycle accidents.
In the same AP article, a Reno emergency room physician testified that he has encountered “countless head injuries”, and the worst cases are ones who return years later with severe and chronic brain injuries after a motorcycle accident.
Which is best: strapping on a helmet now, or the possibility of a motorcycle accident causing serious injury or physical disabilities later?
Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney after you get into a motorcycle accident and find out how we can help you. We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case. No fee if no recovery.