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3 reasons to wear a helmet on a motorcycle

California is one of a number of states to mandate helmets for everyone riding a motorcycle. However, these laws have often met with resistance from motorcycle enthusiasts for a number of reasons.

Despite the pushback, wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle is a good idea for reasons other than being in compliance with the law. Here are three reasons to wear a helmet when riding on a motorcycle.

1. Unique risks

According to FindLaw, motorcyclists are in a unique position on the road. They can be easily obscured by weather conditions or other vehicles because they present a small visual target. In addition, a motorcycle affords no protection such as that which the outer metal body of an automobile provides to those within.

2. Survival in an accident

Since 1999, the fatality rate for motorcycle accidents in the United States has more than doubled. FindLaw goes on to state that wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle increases the rider's chances of survival threefold in the event of an accident.

3. Negligence

A motorcyclist involved in a motor vehicle accident may seek to bring a personal injury claim. However, if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident in violation of mandatory helmet requirements, the court may decide that the motorcyclist's negligence in not wearing a helmet contributed to any injuries sustained and may reduce or limit legal recovery as a result.

The United States judicial system has determined that it is constitutional for states to require those who ride motorcycles to wear safety helmets despite attempts in the past to challenge the legality of helmet laws in the United States.

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