Most experienced motorcycle riders are responsible and take the proper precautions, including using a helmet. If you don’t wear a helmet, though, you should know that laws in many states require riders to wear one. In Louisiana, all motorcycle riders — including those riding low-powered cycles — must wear helmets. When purchasing a helmet, look for one with a U.S. Department of Transportation label, which indicates adherence to federal safety guidelines.
In addition, motorcyclists should be aware of the following common causes of accidents involving motorcycles:
Although most motorcycle accidents are caused by operators of other types of vehicles, motorcyclists can take steps to reduce their risk or injury or death on the road. If you ride regularly, consider taking the following actions: