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Pennsylvania motorcycle deaths increase following helmet law repeal

Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 9:18 pm    

According to a study published by the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, the number of deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania has increased substantially since the law requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet was revised in 2003. Under current law, motorcyclists who are over the age of 21 and have either had two years of riding experience or passed the state’s Motorcycle Safety Program are allowed to ride without a helmet.

Since this change was implemented, motorcycle fatalities in the state have increased 35%, with 210 deaths in 2012. Unfortunately, as the study indicates, being a responsible motorcyclist and wearing a helmet is not enough to protect against the worst outcome in case of an accident. At least 100 of the deaths that occurred in 2012 involved motorcyclists who were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, we understand how devastating being involved in a motorcycle accident can be for motorcyclists and their families, and we provide experienced, dedicated representation to injury victims to help them get the compensation they need. Call 717-392-6362 today to discuss your situation.