In Wisconsin, the law requires motorcycle riders to follow specific gear requirements for safety. Wearing proper gear significantly reduces the risk of severe harm in accidents.
Wisconsin Helmet Laws
In Wisconsin, motorcycle helmet laws apply to riders under 18 and those with instructional permits. If you’re under 18 or hold an instructional permit, you must wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Wisconsin. This rule applies whether you’re driving or just riding along.
For riders over 18 with regular licenses, helmets are optional. However, even if you’re not required to wear a helmet, using one is a wise choice. Helmets drastically reduce the risk of severe head injuries in motorcycle accidents.
Eye Protection Requirements
Wisconsin law requires all motorcycle riders to wear eye protection, regardless of their age or experience. Whether you’re driving a motorcycle or riding as a passenger, you need eye protection to keep your eyes clear and protect them from dust, insects, and other airborne hazards.
Eye protection can be a visor attached to a helmet, goggles, or glasses. These protective devices must be made from shatter-resistant material. Tinted eye protection is okay during the day, but clear lenses are necessary at night to ensure good visibility. You can ride without eye protection if your motorcycle has a windscreen that rises at least 15 inches above the handlebars.
Other Mandatory Motorcycle Equipment
In Wisconsin, motorcycle riders must equip their bikes with specific safety features to ensure their own and other road users’ safety. Here’s a summary of the essential equipment mandated by Wisconsin law:
- Headlight: Must emit a white light visible from 350 feet both during the day and at night
- Tail Light: Needs to be a red light visible from at least 500 feet
- Brake Light: Should be a constant red or amber light visible from at least 300 feet
- Muffler: Capable of constant operation without excessive noise or smoke
- Horn: Must be audible from at least 200 feet away
- Brake: Must be able to stop a motorcycle going 20 mph within 50 feet under normal conditions
- Rear View Mirror: Should provide a view of the road behind for at least 200 feet
- Handlebars: Height limit is 30 inches above the lowest point of the driver’s seat when occupied
What Happens If I Get into a Motorcycle Accident Without Proper Riding Gear?
If you’re in a motorcycle accident without the proper riding gear, a lawyer can be a big help. Insurance companies might try to pay you less, arguing that your failure to wear the right gear made your injuries worse. This is where a lawyer steps in.
A skilled lawyer can fight these claims. They can show that the accident, not your gear, caused your injuries. They can use evidence and expert opinions to strengthen your case. Your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement, holding them liable for the harm their client did you.
Having a lawyer means you’ve got someone who knows the law and fights for your rights. They work to get you the compensation you deserve, regardless of the gear you were wearing.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Hurt in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin? Contact Sparr, Belville & Brown, LLC. We can answer your questions and help you explore your options in a free consultation session.