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Colorado Helmet Law

Many motorcyclists choose riding a motorcycle over driving a car or truck because of the feeling of freedom that they get from the motorcycle. Motorcyclists generally know that there are more risks involved in riding a motorcycle than driving a car due to the fact that cars have many safety features that are absent from motorcycles, as well as the fact that motorcycles can sometimes be hard for drivers of cars and trucks to see. More than 10% of all traffic fatalities in the United States are motorcyclists, even though motorcycles represent less than 5% of registered vehicles in the country, and less than 1% of vehicle miles traveled.

 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Denver motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your options. There are, of course, a number of factors which contribute to the disparity between motorcycle use and fatalities, but there is strong evidence that one factor that can greatly affect the fatality rate of motorcycle accidents is helmet use.

Colorado is among the majority of U.S. states which do not have universal helmet laws. Many states, however, have seen dramatic drops in the rate of motorcyclist fatality directly following enactment of universal helmet laws. Other states have seen significant increases in motorcycle fatality rate directly following abolishing such laws.

In point of fact, Colorado was one of the first states to adopt universal helmet legislation to protect motorcyclists injured in crashes; it did this because of a federal law enacted in 1967 that tied federal highway funding to helmet laws. That law is no longer in effect, and Colorado is among the states that abolished their universal helmet laws when federal money stopped being tied to it. Although Colorado does not have a universal helmet law, they do have some helmet legislation:

  • Riders and aged 17 and younger must wear a helmet.
  • All riders must wear eye protection
  • Any motorcycle helmets sold in Colorado must be DOT approved
  • Helmets may have speakers, but riders may not wear headphones.

Many safety experts have gone on record as stressing the value of helmets for all Colorado motorcyclists, the absence of universal legislation notwithstanding. Nevertheless, it is important for riders to keep in mind that wearing a helmet does not keep them indestructible. There are several other safety precautions that motorcyclists would do well to take. Riding leathers, including gloves and boots are helpful, and riders can take motorcycle safety courses to help learn skills to help keep themselves out of accidents in the first place. Perhaps the most important thing a motorcyclist can learn is that speed is one of the major causes of traffic accidents. In order to stay safe, riders should avoid traveling faster than traffic.

Unfortunately, however, the reality is of motorcycle riding is that accidents happen, and people get hurt. If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, your safety is the first priority; make sure you get the medical attention you need. Then it is time to speak with the Denver motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Fuicelli and Lee. They have experience protecting the rights of motorcyclists who have been injured on the highway by the negligence of other drivers and can fight for you rights, and work with your insurance to ensure that you get the best medical care possible. Their aggressive, experienced attorneys will advocate for you to get the best possible outcome from a bad situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Fuicelli and Lee, PC today at  (303) 355-7202.

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