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Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The result of motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, nearly 40% of all motorcycle accidents were caused by another motor-vehicle turning left. Many times, these accidents are caused by distracted drivers who fail to observe motorcyclists sharing the road. Common distractions causing accidents include:

Texting / Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking / Grooming
Talking to passengers
Watching a video / Adjusting a radio

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than cars, trucks, or SUV’s, providing nearly no protection between the other vehicle and the rider’s body. Motorcycle accidents often result in the rider being thrown from the vehicle and can lead to serious head injury including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Many states, like Kentucky and Ohio, do not require all riders to wear helmets. However, wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce the risk of serious head injury in a motorcycle accident. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration estimates that helmets reduce motorcycle rider fatalities by 22-37% and reduce motorcycle rider brain injuries by 44 – 65%.


Are you required to wear a motorcycle helmet in Kentucky?

The answer is only sometimes. KRS 189.285 outlines Kentucky’s regulations for operating a motorcycle, and states as follows:

The following persons shall be required to wear protective headgear, in the manner prescribed by the secretary of the Transportation Cabinet, at all times the motorcycles they are riding are in motion on a public highway:

(a) A person under the age of twenty-one (21) years who is operating a motorcycle or who is a passenger on a motorcycle or in a sidecar attachment;

(b) A person who possesses a motorcycle instruction permit and who is operating a motorcycle; and

(c) A person who has held a valid motorcycle operator's license, or combination motor vehicle-motorcycle operator's license, for less than one (1) year and who is operating a motorcycle.


Are you required to wear a motorcyle helmet in Ohio?

The answer is also sometimes. The Ohio Revised Code states as follows: “… no person who is under the age of eighteen years, or who holds a motorcycle operator's endorsement or license bearing a "novice" designation that is currently in effect as provided in section 4507.13 of the Revised Code, shall operate a motorcycle on a highway, or be a passenger on a motorcycle, unless wearing a protective helmet on the person's head, and no other person shall be a passenger on a motorcycle operated by such a person unless similarly wearing a protective helmet. The helmet, safety glasses, or other protective eye device shall conform with rules adopted by the director of public safety.”



KENTUCKY: Boone County | Bracken County | Campbell County | Carroll County | Gallatin County | Kenton County | Mason County | Pendleton County | Owen County | Oldham County | Jefferson County | Scott County

OHIO: Adams County | Brown County | Butler County | Clermont County | Dearborn County | Hamilton County | Highland County | Montgomery County | Warren County


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Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC
726 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 581-0800
(859) 757-2466 Fax

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Contact Us

Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC
726 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 581-0800
(859) 757-2466 Fax