House of Representatives passed HB 4747 allowing bikers to ride without helmets – despite warning from experienced motorcycle accident attorneys
The Michigan House of Representatives last night passed HB 4747, which would allow motorcyclists to ride without protective helmets. As a motorcycle accident attorney for the past 16 years, I feel adamantly that this is a terrible idea.
Although I am close with many bikers who believe the helmet debate is about individual rights and liberty, I have a different perspective. The truth is, most motorcycle accident victims that I’ve helped have suffered very serious, sometimes catastrophic injuries. And most of these motorcycle accidents result in traumatic brain injuries.
Currently, the Michigan helmet law requires all people riding a motorcycle, and anyone less than 19 years old operating a moped, to wear a crash helmet. The Michigan Department of State Police has been given the legislative responsibility to approve crash helmets and to implement this law.
The vote was 63 to 46. Check out the roll call so you can see how your House members voted. The Senate is expected to take action on the bill later this spring. I hope the Senate will use common sense when voting on this proposed legislation. Motorcycle helmets are proven to reduce the likelihood of serious traumatic brain injury and other devastating head injuries.
I hope the Senate will vote no on this proposed legislation.
– Steven M. Gursten heads Michigan Auto Law. He is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in serious motorcycle accident injury cases and insurance no-fault litigation. He is available for comment on motorcycle accident law in Michigan, motorcycle crashes and catastrophic personal injury cases.
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