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Mar 14

Do I Need to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Michigan?

I find this question kind of funny. Mostly because I think everyone who rides a motorcycle needs to wear a helmet. I have heard of too many preventable injuries caused by going helmet-less. However, the question is really directed more towards Michigan’s motorcycle helmet laws.

Does Michigan law require a helmet to be worn?

In 2012 Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law changed. Helmets are no longer required in order to ride legally. Other stipulations have been put in place for those of you who choose not to wear a helmet.

Michigan Motorcycle Helmet Laws

  • You must be 21 years of age or older
  • You must have at least 2 years of riding experience or have completed a safety course
  • You must have $20,000 medical benefits listed on a motorcycle insurance policy

As mentioned earlier, the change to the law came in early 2012. It just so happens motorcycle deaths increased 18% in 2012 too. An official report has not come out linking the two, but it clearly has potential to be linked.

So, if you have control over all the other drivers on the road and are looking to be legal when riding your bike in MI the answer is no, you do not need to wear a motorcycle helmet. If you have loved ones and a strong desire to live, then the answer is yes, you need to wear a helmet.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about Michigan’s Helmet Law.