The Washington Senate is considering a bill that would change the state’s motorcycle helmet laws—but is the change a good idea for riders?

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Should Washington State Change Its Motorcycle Helmet Laws?

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A few weeks ago, Washington State Senator Don Benton of Vancouver sponsored a bill that would change the state’s current universal motorcycle helmet laws and instead allow riders over 18 the option of riding without a certified safety helmet. Emotions on both sides of the issue are running high as lawmakers argue between personal freedom and safety. 

The argument for universal motorcycle helmet laws

Currently, Washington State requires all riders to wear a certified motorcycle helmet while on the road, regardless of age. This law is in place because of studies that show that motorcycle helmets cut accident fatalities by 37 percent and significantly lower the chances of a traumatic brain injury. In addition, the law saves on medical and legal costs. Just like seat belt laws, motorcycle helmet laws are good for individuals, as well as the general public. 

The argument for no motorcycle helmet laws for adults

The majority of states only require minors to wear motorcycle helmets. Those against motorcycle helmet laws say that the requirements violate the Constitution and go against personal freedom—adults should have the choice to wear a helmet, whether or not it makes riding a motorcycle safer, just as they have the choice to make similar decisions in their lives. In addition, the majority of other states in the nation do not have motorcycle helmet laws for adults. Finally, the current motorcycle helmet law is difficult to enforce since police officers cannot accurately identify a certified helmet from a distance. 

Seattle motorcycle accident attorney

If you have been injured in a Washington motorcycle accident, you may wish to speak to a lawyer about seeking compensation for your injuries. Even if you are not sure if you have a case, speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney can help you find answers to all of your legal questions. Call the Andrew Kim Law Firm today at 1.800.636.3676. 

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