Do I Have to Wear a Helmet When Riding a Motorcycle in Maryland?

Many people throughout the state of Maryland enjoy riding motorcycles, especially in the warm summer months. If you are one of them, you are most likely wondering what Maryland’s laws state regarding whether you have to wear a helmet or not. Of course, you should wear a helmet for your own safety, but do you have to? Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about Maryland’s motorcycle helmet laws, what to do if you are in an accident, and how we can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are Maryland’s motorcycle helmet laws?

Motorcycle helmet laws in Maryland are very straightforward. Simply put, if you ride a motorcycle, you are required, by law, to wear a helmet. Additionally, you are also required to wear protective eyewear, unless your motorcycle has a windshield that can serve the same purpose.

What should I do after being injured in a motorcycle accident?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, as long as you are still physically capable of doing so, you should take the following steps to maximize your chances of winning a future personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police. They will send an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
  2. Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information.
  3. Ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information.
  4. Take pictures of the accident.
  5. Ask your doctor for all documentation regarding your injuries.
  6. Hire an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can gather all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof, such as security camera footage of the accident as it happened.

How long will I have to sue someone for an injury in Maryland?

If you are injured in an accident, you will have to sue the liable party within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait past the state’s statute of limitations, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the claims process ahead–all you have to do is give us a call.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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