Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. If your small, open vehicle collides with a car or truck weighing thousands of pounds, it stands no match. You are at a much higher risk of sustaining injuries than someone in a passenger vehicle.
This is one of the reasons why wearing a motorcycle helmet is important. It is also the law to wear one in Tennessee.
Tennessee motorcycle helmet law
The Volunteer State has a universal helmet law, which requires every motorcycle operator and passenger to wear a safety helmet, regardless of age or experience. Your helmet must meet federal safety standards. However, your helmet can have certain unique features if you are at least 21 years old.
Violating this law is punishable by a $50 fine and 30 days of jail time. Failure to wear a helmet in an accident may also hurt your chances of getting maximum compensation.
Interestingly, Tennessee is one of just 19 states that has a universal helmet law. These laws may seem strict, but they play a major role in saving the lives of motorcyclists every day.
Safety benefits of wearing a helmet
Adhering to the law is not the only motivating factor to wear a helmet. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by 69% and the risk of death by 37%.
Choosing a proper helmet
You should not just wear any helmet you happen to find. The first and most important thing to look for in a helmet is a DOT symbol on the back of the outside, which indicates it meets federal regulations.
Next, you will want to find one that fits your head properly. Your head has a unique shape and size, so what is a good helmet for someone else may not necessarily serve you well. The right helmet will feel a little tight and put even pressure around your head without causing discomfort. Shake your head when trying a helmet on to make sure it does not move.