What Are the Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Pennsylvania?

If you are someone who rides a motorcycle, you most likely wear a helmet. But, in the state of Pennsylvania, do you have to? Well, of course, you should, however, you should also have an understanding of Pennsylvania law and its requirements when it comes to helmet-wearing in the state. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are Pennsylvania’s motorcycle helmet laws?

Every state has clear statutes in place when it comes to whether motorcyclists have to wear helmets or not. In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists were required to wear helmets until 2003. However, the state has since repealed that law, and now, motorcyclists who are over the age of 21 and have had their license for over 2 years or have completed a motorcycle safety course are no longer required to wear helmets in the state. That being said, as a passenger, you also do not have to wear a helmet as long as the driver is not required to wear a helmet. If the driver is required to wear a helmet, however, passengers must also wear helmets. All drivers and passengers under the age of 21 must wear helmets, and everyone, regardless of age, must wear eye protection.

How do I know if I qualify for compensation after a motorcycle accident?

If you were injured in an accident, you will have to hire an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather and present evidence to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Some of the most useful types of evidence are witness statements, surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of any damage to your motorcycle, medical documents, police reports, and more. Our firm is here to help.

How long will I have to sue if I am injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that was no fault of your own, you are most likely now looking to sue. However, you must not wait any longer than the statute of limitations in the state of Pennsylvania allows. Since the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. That being said, though you may wish to wait to see if your injuries heal on their own, our firm cannot advise you to do so, for if you wait too long, you will most likely be time-barred from suing. Give us a call today so we can begin the claims process on your behalf.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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