Ohio Revised Code 4511.53 Motorcyle Helmet Laws
Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. They are less stable than a car during maneuvers such as emergency braking and swerving. They are also less visible on the road. Moreover, when they crash they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle so the driver and passenger are more likely to be injured or killed. The federal government estimates that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent. Unhelmeted drivers are 3 times more likely than helmeted ones to sustain traumatic brain injuries in a crash. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call the team of motorcycle accident lawyers at Sawan & Sawan.
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“No person who is under the age of eighteen, or holds a motorcycle operator’s endorsement or license bearing a “novice” designation that is currently in effect…, shall operate a motorcycle on the highway, or be a passenger on a motorcycle, unless wearing a protective helmet on the person’s head, and no other person shall be a passenger on a motorcycle operated by such a person unless similarly wearing a protective helmet.”
Finally, violation of the motorcycle helmet law is a minor misdemeanor. The level of misdemeanor will increase if the offender has previously violated the law.
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