AAA Opposes Proposed Bill Relaxing Helmet Requirements for Motorcyclists

Motorcycle accidents can be deadly or life-altering. Wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries and fatalities in such crashes.  News Channel 5 reports that Tennessee lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would allow certain motorcyclists to ride without helmets.  AAA, a prominent supporter of traffic safety, opposes this proposal.

The bill would allow riders over 21 years old, with a two-year motorcycle license or a state-approved safety course completion, to ride without a helmet. Allowing this change in the law could raise the risk of severe injuries or fatalities in motorcycle accidents.  Helmet use is one of the most effective ways to reduce injuries and fatalities in a motorcycle crash.

Our personal injury law firm has represented many victims of motorcycle accidents.  Victims of motorcycle accidents often sustain head injuries like concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment. Also, in cases where the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, the insurance company or the defendant may argue that the victim was partially or fully responsible for their injuries.

We also oppose this legislation because helmets, like seatbelts, save lives and prevent life-altering injuries. If you would like to discuss this bill or a motorcycle injury case, feel free to call us.