Motorcycles are the most vulnerable motor vehicles on the roadway. Mainly, this is due to their size. They can be difficult to see. When you are in an accident on a motorcycle, you face the possibility of much more severe injuries than if you were in a car or truck. You do not have an extra layer of protection from the vehicle that passenger vehicles do. This is why Alabama has created laws to help keep you safe. One of those is the universal helmet law as explained by the Alabama Legislature.
Alabama is one of only a few states that have a universal helmet law. What this means is the state requires all riders, regardless of age, to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle on roadways. The helmet must meet certain requirements. It has to protect the head properly and also meet safety standards. You can see a list of approved headgear, which is put out by the Director of Public Safety.
If you have a child who is riding or driving a motorcycle, you also bear some responsibility to ensure your child always wears a helmet. The law holds you responsible if he or she does not wear the proper headgear.
Even retailers hold some responsibility. They cannot sell helmets that do not meet the public safety standards.
Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to avoid severe injury or death in the event of a motorcycle accident. It is in your best interest to always wear one every time you get on your bike. This information is for education and is not legal advice.