Colorado is one of 31 states where adult motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets. Riders are allowed to make their own choices about safety equipment with the exception of eye protection, but their choices could generate serious consequences.
According to Consumer Reports, helmet use is about 50 percent in states without a helmet law. In 2012, 69 percent of riders who suffered fatal motorcycle accidents were not wearing a helmet.
Motorcycle-related deaths have increased significantly in the past few years, but so has the number of riders. Colorado motorcycle registrations have increased steadily since 2008, meaning there are a lot of inexperienced riders on the road, especially at this time of year.
A Colorado State Patrol officer noted that many inexperienced riders are drawn to Southwest Colorado. He had two recommendations to help riders stay safe in the challenging mountain terrain: wear a helmet and keep your speed down.
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road. Reckless drivers are dangerous, but so are potholes, road debris and unexpected wildlife. Without safety equipment, like seatbelts and airbags, many motorcycle accidents lead to serious injury or death.
Should Helmets Be Mandatory in Colorado?
Riders should be allowed to make their own choices about safety equipment, but the right gear could save a life. In addition to jackets, proper motorcycle boots and gloves, riders should consider wearing helmets as a way to minimize the chances of a head injury.
Metier Law Firm respects the rights and opinions of all riders. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, with or without a helmet, and you need legal representation, speak with one of our licensed attorneys today. We want to hear your story.
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