Some motorcycle riders in the state of Michigan are looking forward to a new law. Thanks to the efforts of Governor Rick Snyder, wearing helmets while riding motorcycles will now be optional. The bill received both criticism and support over the past few months. While those that ride regularly are glad that the law will become more lax, there are others who say that this could increase insurance costs over time due to the frequency of motorcycle accidents.
Legislators were quick to add that there are certain stipulations that riders must observe despite the new bill. For example, the law only applies to riders over the age of 21 who carry additional insurance. In addition, riders must complete a motorcycle safety course and riders that have had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years are exempt from the course. Michigan joins several other states, including Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, in allowing motorcycle riders to enjoy their bikes without helmets. However, in most of these states, the rider must carry extra insurance for first-party benefits of at least $20,000 per accident. If you were hurt as the result of a motorcycle accident and you want to become aware of your options as a victim, contact Freedman & Freedman today to set up a time to meet one-on-one with a knowledgeable Michigan personal injury attorney from our office.