Helmets have been proven to help prevent serious head injuries and brain
trauma. In fact, statistics show that helmets save lives. While it is
recommended that all Nevada residents wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle
or a bicycle, not
all riders are legally required to do so. It is important that all Nevada
riders follow the law and actively seek out ways to better protect themselves
in case of an accident.
Understanding Nevada Helmet Laws
Nevada Mandatory Helmet Law is contained within Nevada Revised Statute
486.231, entitled "Protective headgear and glasses: Standards; when use required."
Subsection 2 of that statute provides that drivers and passengers of motorcycles
"shall wear protective headgear securely fastened on the head"
in addition to protective glasses, goggles or face shields.
There are limited exceptions to this rule. For example, when a motorcycle
(or trimobile) is equipped with a transparent windscreen, the driver or
passenger need not wear glasses, goggles or face shields.
NRS 486.231(3). Protective devices, including a helmet, are not required when the motorcycle
is being driven in an authorized parade.
NRS 486.231(4). Furthermore, only riders on motorcycles that can travel over 30 miles
per hour are required to wear protective headgear.
In Nevada, you are not legally required to wear a helmet while riding a
bicycle. Only bicyclists under the age of 17 on the Duckwater Indian Reservation
or the Reno/Sparks Indian Colony are required to wear a helmet. All other
riders, children and adults alike, are allowed to ride without a helmet.
Nevada is 1 of 19 states that have a mandatory non-age or insurance related
helmet law. There are only two states (Illinois and Iowa) that have no
helmet law. The remaining states permit cyclists to ride without helmets
depending upon their age and insurance coverage.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas
Properly fitting helmets can help absorb the impact sustained during a
collision. Every year, many people suffer fatal head injuries or
catastrophic brain injuries because they fail to wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet will not only offer
you protection in the event of a crash, but also demonstrate that you
are a safe rider and that you took every possible precaution before getting
on the roadway.
Even with all the right precautions, however, accidents still happen. If
you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle or bicycle accident in
Nevada that was caused by a negligent driver, call the skilled Las Vegas
personal injury lawyers at Shook & Stone at (888) 662-2013 for a free
consultation and comprehensive case assessment.