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Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Denver Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in motorcycle fatalities. In fact, 2008 saw more than 2 times the number of motorcycle fatalities, compared with just 10 years earlier. In an attempt to minimize injuries and motorcycle related fatalities, states (such as Colorado) are beginning to increase  motorcycle and helmet laws. As a motorcyclist in Colorado, what are the helmet laws you need to be aware of?

A History Helmet Laws in Colorado

In 1967, Colorado was one of the first states to enact a helmet law for all riders. This helmet law was mainly put into place in an attempt to qualify for federal highway construction funds.  Over time, many states began to repeal the “universal” helmet law and in 1976, Congress ordered the Department of Transportation to stop assessing financial penalties on states without helmet laws. Once this occurred, many states dropped their universal helmet laws all together. Today, Colorado is one of 27 states that only require some motorcycle riders to wear safety helmets. These requirements are:
  • Any rider who is 17 years of age or younger must wear a helmet
  • The motorcycle helmet must be DOT approved
  • Helmet speakers are allowed, but earphones are prohibited
  • Riders and their passengers must wear eye protection at all times
  • A motorcycle safety course is subsidized by the State of Colorado but is not required
Colorado Motorcycle Accident Law Firm According to the Traffic Safety Facts Report published in 2008 (Report no. DOT HS-811-159) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009, for every mile traveled, the number of deaths in motorcycle accidents in 2007 was 37 times higher than in automobile accidents. Due to the dangers motorcyclists face every day, safety experts continue to urge all motorcyclists to wear a helmet – even if their state does not require it. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need an experienced and aggressive Colorado motorcycle accident attorney on your side. If your accident was the result of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and for any damages that have occurred.

Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident you may be able to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Contact us for a free initial consultation and honest assessment of your legal situation. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail. We return after-hours calls promptly and provide interpreters for our Spanish-speaking clients. Servicios del intérprete disponibles.

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