Motorcycle Helmet Law

by | Apr 10, 2016 | Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycle Helmet Law

For some, there is nothing that can match the feeling of driving a motorcycle on the open road. While the laws on Ontario roads are generally consistent between cars and other forms of motor vehicles, the most obvious difference between the two standards is the helmet.

No matter where you are in Canada, helmets are required for you and anyone else that might be riding with you. But not just any helmet will do. Indeed, while each province has slightly different versions of motorcycle helmet laws, all helmet in Canada must adhere to at least one of the major international standards.

It was in the early 1960s that mandatory helmet laws for motorcycle riders came into effect in the country. Today, many safety experts believe that the country’s impressive record in motorcycle safety is a result of these stringent laws.

South of the border, many American riders must contend with different regulations as they cross various states but in Canada the laws are uniform across all the provinces: all motorcyclists in Canada must safeguard themselves with a helmet.

Ontario offers motorcycle riders a bit of flexibility and will accept helmets certified by any of the following organizations: the Canadian Standards Association, the Snell Memorial Foundation, the British Standards Institute, the United States Department of Transportation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

It is easy to comprehend that the most effective safety equipment while riding a motorcycle is indeed the helmet and it makes sense to wear one, whether it’s the law or not. You not only protect your own life but also the lives of those around you and who depend on you.

Mackesy Smye’s team of dedicated lawyers are knowledgeable in the specific areas of Helmet laws in Canada.

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