Head Injuries and Motorcycles
While head injury is the leading cause of death in crashes involving motorcycles, it is estimated that the wearing of helmets reduces the likelihood of death resulting from a crash by 37 percent.
Riding Motorcycles Without a Helmet - Not Just Dangerous
Riding motorcycles without a helmet is not just dangerous, but also against the law. It is important to educate yourself about the specifics.
Arizona’s current helmet law, Section 28-964.
Motorcycles; all-terrain vehicles; motor driven cycles; equipment; exception; prohibition
A. An operator or passenger of a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle who is under eighteen years of age shall wear at all times a protective helmet on the operator’s or passenger’s head in an appropriate manner. The protective helmet shall be safely secured while the operator or passenger is operating or riding on the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle. An operator of a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle shall wear at all times protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield of a type approved by the director unless the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle is equipped with a protective windshield. This subsection does not apply to electrically powered three wheeled vehicles or three wheeled vehicles on which the operator and passenger ride within an enclosed cab.
B. A motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and motor driven cycle shall be equipped with a rearview mirror, seat and footrests for the operator. A motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle operated with a passenger shall be equipped with a seat, footrests and handrails for the passenger.
C. A person shall not operate a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle equipped with handlebars that are positioned so that the hands of the operator are above the operator’s shoulder height when the operator is sitting astride the seat and the operator’s hands are on the handlebar grips.
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