Your decision to wear a motorcycle helmet can affect both your health and your personal injury case. Before you ride, make sure that you understand Kentucky’s motorcycle helmet laws and the possible consequences of not wearing head protection.

In Kentucky, motorcycle helmets are required by law only for inexperienced riders: riders or passengers who are under 21 years of age, riders holding a learner’s permit, and riders who have been licensed for less than a year. All other motorcyclists may freely choose whether or not to wear protective headgear.

Numerous studies have shown that motorcycle helmets save lives and prevent catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, helmet use cuts motorcycle accident deaths by 41 percent and serious injuries by 14 percent.

But your helmet use may not just save your life and your health—it can also benefit your motorcycle accident case. If you were not wearing protective gear at the time of your crash, your head and facial injuries may be blamed on your decision, not on the other facts of the case.

If you have been injured in a Kentucky motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney can help you understand who was at fault and whether your helmet use may affect your case. For a free consultation, contact Gray & White today by calling 1-888-450-4456.


Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law