What Michigan’s No-Helmet Law Means For Riders
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jul 09, 2012 in Advice
Ever since Michigan repealed the restriction on wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what that means for riders in the general Michiania area.
Here’s a quick guide on what the law means, particularly how it affects liability in a motorcycle accident.
Q: Can I now ride across state lines without a helmet?
A: If you’re licensed in Michigan, you can legally ride into Indiana without a helmet. However, going the other way it’s slightly more complicated. Here’s how: In Indiana, anyone 18 and over can ride without a helmet, provided they have a motorcycle endorsement on their license. In Michigan, you must be 21 or older to ride without a helmet, must have been riding for at least two years, and must carry $20,000 or more in insurance. While this restriction will allow a majority of riders to still ride across state lines, it is important to know and adhere to the law.
Q: Does wearing a helmet affect my liability in case of an accident?
A: No, a rider without a helmet, provided that the above restrictions are met, is just another driver on the road, obeying the law. If you’re breaking the law in some other way (such as driving recklessly or driving on the shoulder), the case is more likely to go against you, but for law-abiding bikers, the responsibility for an accident is independent of whether or not you’re wearing a helmet. Motorcycle helmets are a safety device, the use of which is up to you, under certain constraints.
If you choose to ride without a helmet, you may want to consider