Wearing a motorcycle helmet is the best thing a rider can do to protect his or her safety. Regardless, wearing or not wearing one should have no effect on the legal aspects of a motorcycle crash.
Wisconsin requires riders who are 18 years old or younger or who hold only an instructional permit to wear a motorcycle helmet. Our state repealed its “universal” helmet law in 1978. (The Governors Highway Safety Association offers a state-by-state guide to motorcycle helmet laws.)
A helmet is not considered a contributing factor in a motorcycle accident, typically, so that is why it should not be a factor in determining another party’s liability for your accident and injuries.
With that said, your chances of surviving a motorcycle accident are dramatically increased if you are wearing a helmet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and most other safety organizations.
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