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Are helmets required in Iowa?

In Iowa, helmets are not required by law. That means motorcyclists can't be arrested or fined for going without one, even though the helmet itself may be beneficial in preventing injuries. If you're accused of being partially liable for an injury you've suffered because of a dangerous driver, this fact can help you make sure your claim isn't denied and is not altered due to the state of your safety gear.

Iowa is different from many states within the United States when it comes to this rule. Iowa repealed its helmet laws in 1986, just a short while after the government's threats to withhold government funds if the state did not comply and implement a helmet law fell through.

Is the lack of a helmet law really dangerous? It can be. Helmets can mean the difference between a head injury that is survivable versus one that is deadly. Helmets are known to help prevent injuries and fatalities, because they're one of the only safety features a motorcycle has.

In an accident, motorcyclists can be more severely hurt if they're not wearing a helmet, but the helmet isn't a catch-all that will prevent all injuries. Not wearing one doesn't mean the motorcyclist was in violation of any laws. The driver who caused the accident will still be held accountable, even if the motorcyclist wasn't wearing a helmet.

In some cases in other states, failing to wear a helmet could result in a motorcyclist being held partially liable for his or her own injuries. In Iowa, this is not the case, and motorcyclists should not be treated as if they did anything wrong by not wearing one.

Source: Bikers Rights, "No Helmet Law," accessed Nov. 04, 2015

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