Ohio’s motorcycle helmet law requires anyone under 18 years of age to wear a helmet if they are operating a motorcycle or traveling as a passenger on one.
More specifically, section 4511.53 of the Ohio Revised Code also states that anyone who has a motorcycle operator’s endorsement or novice license shall not travel on a motorcycle unless they are wearing a helmet. At the same time, no-one should be a passenger on the motorcycle that’s being operated by someone with an endorsement or novice license if they are not wearing a helmet.
The motorcycle helmet law also goes on to say that if the operator of the motorcycle needs to wear a helmet, the passenger does too.
In Ohio, if you get involved in a motorcycle accident and you’re not wearing a helmet, you will not be penalized if you want to make a personal injury claim. This is quite unlike many other parts of the United States that would reduce the amount of compensation you’d receive.
Ohio’s law says that the violation of the helmet law should not be used in any civil trial. What this means is that the failure to wear a helmet will not be used against the motorcycle operator. This means that any personal injury case that is brought about by the injured party is likely to be successful in terms of compensation when compensation is sought because the plaintiff was injured in the accident.
If you are currently suffering from a personal injury and are unable to read ‘Ohio’s Motorcycle Helmet Law’ please watch our Injury Pedia video so you can gain the Personal Injury Information and Answers you are seeking.