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Nevada’s Mandatory Helmet Law


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 702-570-0000 for a free consultation and comprehensive case assessment.

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