Each state has its own unique laws about bicycle helmet requirements. Michigan does not mandate safety gear for bicyclists in most scenarios. However, there is an exception that you need to know if you plan to ride a bike on public roads in Michigan.
Let’s look at which cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet in Michigan.
Are You Required to Wear a Bicycle Helmet in Michigan?
No, bicyclists aren’t required to wear a bicycle helmet in Michigan. However, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet if they are on a Class 3 e-bike. A Class 3 e-bike is a bicycle with operational pedals as well as a speedometer and an electric motor that can assist with power up to 28 MPH.
Helmets are also required for anyone under the age of 19 when riding a moped on a public thoroughfare.
Helmets must be “approved by the department of state police,” according to Michigan law, which means the helmet must be Department of Transportation compliant, not that you need a police officer to personally inspect your helmet. DOT-compliant helmets are clearly marked, so you can simply look at your helmet to ensure it is labeled as such.
Even Though It’s Not Law, Wearing a Helmet Greatly Improves Safety
Wearing a helmet significantly reduces a bicyclist’s chances of suffering a brain injury if they’re involved in a bicycle accident. If you’re considering purchasing a bicycle helmet, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Buy a helmet that is DOT-compliant and from a reputable seller.
- Make sure the helmet is the right fit. It should be snug, but not uncomfortable.
- Biking helmets are available for several different types of biking, from simple commuting to mountain biking, so pick the right one for your situation.
- Remember that once a helmet is involved in a crash, it should be discarded, as it is no longer in good enough condition to protect you in any future crashes, even if it doesn’t look cracked or scuffed.
- After five years of use, it’s time to buy a new helmet, even if you haven’t been in any major crashes.
If You Suffer Injuries in a Bicycle Accident, Know Your Rights
If you’re involved in an accident through no fault of your own while riding your bike, you have the right to compensation for the costs of the injuries you’ve suffered.
Injuries suffered in bicycle accidents can be expensive, painful, and disabling. When someone else is at fault for your injuries, you can hold them accountable for the many costs you’re facing. Typically, the at-fault party’s insurance company will compensate you for your damages. However, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to deny claims or offer lowball settlements to bicycle accident victims.
Don’t accept an offer from an insurance company without considering all the expenses you’ll encounter because of your injuries. It’s possible that your future medical bills and lost income will exceed the offer an insurance company makes. Talk to an experienced attorney before accepting the insurance company’s first offer.
If You’ve Been Involved in a Bicycle Accident, Contact Fieger Law
At Fieger Law, our Michigan bicycle accident attorneys have years of experience representing injured bicyclists. We’ve won record-setting verdicts and settlements for personal injury clients, and we’re here to fight for the full compensation you’re entitled to.
If you’d like to speak to our team about your legal options, we offer free, no-obligation case reviews. Contact Fieger Law today to schedule a free consultation.