Feb. 21, 2013
Virginia’s current motorcycle helmet laws were recently up for debate. According to an article from The News & Advance, a bill proposing changes to the current law was shot down during a recent legislative session.
Virginia state law requires motorcyclists to wear helmets at all times. Many feel this infringes on the right to choose whether to wear a helmet or not. This led to the introduction of the Freedom of Choice Helmet Law from Delegate Ben Cline, which aimed to repeal current state laws governing helmet use.
Supporters of the proposed legislation cited statistics that showed the number of motorcycle accidents in states without helmet laws were very similar to those with strict helmet regulations. Those in favor of mandatory helmet use were quick to point out numbers that showed helmet use dramatically decreases the chances of serious injuries and increases survival rates by as much as 50 percent in the event of a serious accident. They also provided data showing the increasing number of Virginia Motorcycle Accidents during recent years.
Lawmakers felt the laws in place now were essential to highway safety and turned down the bill in a 3-2 vote.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm recognize the importance of always wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle and encourage riders to always wear this vital piece of equipment regardless of the law.