Taking proper safety precautions may not be top-of-mind when driving or riding on a motorcycle.
The Wyoming helmet law helps protect motorcycle riders from major repercussions sustained by an accident. Here is what you need to know about it…
Wyoming Helmet Law
In Wyoming, if you are driving or riding on a motorcycle and are under the age of 18, state law requires you to wear a helmet. You are not legally required to wear a helmet if you are over 18. The helmet must be securely fastened on your head at all times and comply with the standards established by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a secure helmet should include:
- Thick inner liner: the inner liner should be about one-inch in thickness to help cushion the head in case of an accident;
- Sturdy chin straps: reliable chin straps allow the helmet to stay on;
- A certain weight: the helmet should weight about three pounds; and
- A particular design or style: appropriate helmets should not have anything protruding further than two-tenths of an inch from the surface or be noticeably small in diameter.
Additionally, Helmets that meet DOT requirements have a sticker on the outside with the letters “DOT,” certifying that it meets or exceeds all requirements.
Helmets are the only kind of protective gear required by law in Wyoming. Protective eyewear is not required.
Violating the Helmet Law
You can be cited for a traffic violation if you are under 18 years of age and caught not wearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle.
Similarly, if a passenger on the motorcycle is under 18 and not wearing a helmet, the individual operating the motorcycle can receive a citation.
Aside from the law, accidents should always be the primary concern when it comes to wearing a helmet on a motorcycle.
It’s not only the law; helmets can save lives.
You will need to seek legal help if you are involved in a motorcycle accident without a helmet.
While you can still file a personal injury lawsuit, you may be penalized for not taking all protective measures.
When You Should Contact a Wyoming Motorcycle Attorney
You should not hesitate to call a motorcycle attorney if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.
Accidents themselves are challenging to handle, but motorcycle accidents are very specific.
More specifically, a motorcycle attorney can help you with every aspect of your case, including:
- Proving who caused the accident;
- Calculating your damages; and
- Dealing with insurance companies.
Overall, a motorcycle accident can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you effectively navigate your case to achieve the best possible outcome.
Platte River Injury Law helps victims of motorcycle accidents through a challenging time.
We are compassionate while fighting for your rights and just compensation.
Every client has a story, and we’re ready to hear yours. Contact us today, and let’s see how we can help you.