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When Can You Ride Your Motorcycle In Michigan Without A Helmet?

For many Michigan motorcyclists victory was achieved as far as freedom of choice on whether or not to wear a helmet while riding. On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Michigan motorcycle helmet law repeal (Senate Bill 291.) The new bill allows motorcyclists to choose whether to wear a helmet if they are at least 21 years of age, carry additional insurance, and have passed a motorcycle safety course or have had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years.

 With the new helmet law in practice, our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys  are finding that many bikers have similar questions regarding the required coverage, stipulations of the law, and much more, and we are here to answer your questions.

 As an operator of a motorcycle, the circumstances in which a Michigan motorcyclist may ride without a helmet include:

 (1) He/she is 21 years or older; AND
(2a) Has had motorcycle endorsement for at least 2 years OR
(2b) Passes motorcycles safety course conducted section 811a or 811b; AND
(3) has in effect on his/her motorcycle insurance policy for the motorcycle they are riding security for first party medical benefits payable in the event that he or she is involved in a motorcycle accident in the following amounts:
  • At least $20,000.00 if no passenger
  • At least $20,000 per person per accident if with a passenger
Special note to the second bullet, as if a bike passenger has security on their own motorcycle insurance policy of at least $20,000.00 payable in the event he/she is involved in a Michigan motorcycle accident, then the motorcycle operator must only have at least $20,000.00 of coverage.

When Can A Bike Passenger Ride A Motorcycle In Michigan Without A Helmet Under the New Helmet Law?

A bike passenger may ride without a helmet if they are over 21 years of age and fall into one of the following scenarios:

 (1)   If the bike passenger is insured by a motorcycle policy which provides at least $20,000.00 in medical coverage which is payable in the event he/she is involved in an accident; OR
(2)   If the operator on his/her motorcycle policy BOTH $20,000.00 in medical coverage for himself/herself AND an additional $20,000.00 in medical coverage to cover the passenger.

Motorcycle State Helmet Law Graphic

If you plan on taking a road trip this summer across state lines, you need to know the motorcycle helmet laws in the states in which you plan to travel. Helmet laws and requirements vary from state to state, so the top-rated motorcycle accident attorneysat Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently created a graphic of the state helmet laws to aide bikers in their travels across United States.

 The Motorcycle Helmet Laws graphic is a map of the United States, with a color key that defines the helmet laws in each state. The map is displayed on the back of biker’s black-distressed leather jacket. There are five different variations in motorcycle helmet requirements; including Free Choice (no helmet restrictions) to NO CHOICE (everyone riding a motorcycle must wear a bike helmet).  To view this graphic visit

Injured in a Michigan Motorcycle Accident

When injured in a motorcycle accident make sure to immediately call for medical help, contact the police, exchange information with the other driver(s) involved, contact your insurance company, take pictures of the accident, and call a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer. Following these tasks will help ensure compensation for the damages done if the other driver is determined to be at-fault.

Contact Your Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Contact a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer who understands the special circumstances and needs of motorcycle riders. The bike injury attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent clients in motorcycle accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians throughout Michigan.

Motorcycle accidents are tragic events and victims of motorcycle accidents should seek compensation for any damages or injuries that occurred due to the crash. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers.
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