Currently, Colorado motorcycle helmet laws are considered to be “partial” helmet laws because they only require riders who are younger than 18 years old to wear Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmets when riding. This makes Colorado among the 28 U.S. states that have partial helmet laws; 19 states have full helmet laws, meaning that they require all riders to always wear DOT-approved helmets when riding. Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire are the only three states that currently have no helmet laws in place.
Although motorcycle riders who are older than 18 years old are not legally required to wear safety helmets:
- They are legally required to wear some form of eye protection, which can include a visor from a safety helmet, safety goggles or glasses with plastic lenses. The windshields of motorcycles are not considered to serve as eye protection gear for riders.
- Wearing motorcycle safety helmets when riding can save riders’ lives in the event they are involved in an accident.
Motorcycle Helmet Facts and Statistics
The following motorcycle helmet facts and statistics shed some light on how vital wearing a helmet can be in the event a rider is involved in an accident (regardless of whether that rider is legally required to wear a safety helmet). These statistics have been put together by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Riders who are not wearing safety helmets are 40 percent more likely to die from a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to sustain a nonfatal injury (than riders wearing safety helmets) if they are involved in an accident.
- Use of safety helmets has been estimated to reduce the incidence of fatal motorcycle accidents by more than 35 percent.
- More than 43 percent of all riders who die in fatal motorcycle accidents were reportedly not wearing safety helmets.
- Over the past few years, helmet use has generally increased in the U.S., jumping up about 10 percent.
Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer D. Chadwick Calvert Is Here For You
The Denver motorcycle accident lawyers at D. Chadwick Calvert LLC has been helping injured riders obtain the settlements they deserve since 1987. He knows what it takes to take care of his clients, and he has a proven record of success when it comes to helping them secure the maximum possible awards for their injuries and losses.
While D. Chadwick Calvert is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer, his commitment to his clients does not end in the courtroom. He is also a highly effective negotiator who can help accident victims stand up to insurers, defense lawyers and others during settlement talks, and he will not rest until injured riders are able to obtain the best possible resolutions to their cases.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert wants to meet with you to discuss your rights and entitlements during a free initial consult. You can contact our firm by calling (720) 457-9074 or by emailing us. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.
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