When it comes to motorcycle safety, wearing a helmet is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself in case of a crash. But do you have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Vermont? The short answer is yes. In this blog post, we'll discuss the details of Vermont's motorcycle helmet laws and provide some tips for choosing and wearing the right helmet.
Vermont's Motorcycle Helmet Laws
In Vermont, all motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear a helmet that meets the standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Vermont has what is known as a universal helmet law which means that everyone, regardless of how old they are, how long they've been riding, or other factors, is required to wear an approved helmet.
Choosing the Right Helmet
When choosing a motorcycle helmet, it's important to look for one that meets DOT standards. You should also make sure the helmet fits properly and is comfortable to wear. A helmet that is too loose or too tight can be dangerous in a crash, and one that is uncomfortable may discourage you from wearing it.
Some other features to consider when choosing a helmet include:
- Full-face vs. open-face: Full-face helmets provide the most protection, covering the entire head and face. Open-face helmets leave the face exposed but may be more comfortable in hot weather.
- Ventilation: Look for a helmet with good ventilation to help keep you cool and prevent fogging.
- Visor: A clear visor can help improve visibility, while a tinted visor can help reduce glare.
- Weight: A lighter helmet may be more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
Wearing Your Helmet
Once you've chosen the right helmet, it's important to wear it properly. Make sure the chin strap is securely fastened and that the helmet is level on your head. The helmet should fit snugly but not be too tight. If you wear glasses, make sure the helmet doesn't press them into your face.
It's also a good idea to replace your helmet every five years or after a crash. Even if the helmet doesn't appear to be damaged, it may have suffered internal damage that could compromise its effectiveness.
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Shillen Mackall & Seldon Law Office can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.