A person rides a motorcycle on a road toward a setting sun. The sky is filled with clouds, and the silhouette of the rider, who appears to be mindful of motorcycle helmet laws in Pennsylvania, is framed by trees and distant hills. The road is flanked by greenery, and the light casts a serene, warm glow over the scene.

If you ride a motorcycle in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering whether you are required to wear a helmet. Of course, helmets are best to use for your own safety, however, are they mandatory? Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about the motorcycle helmet laws in Pennsylvania and how our firm can help you if you are ever injured in a motorcycle accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Do I have to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania’s motorcycle helmet laws are straightforward, though more involved than in many other states. Essentially, if you are over the age of 21 and have either completed a motorcycle rider safety course or have had your license for two years, you may use your motorcycle without a helmet. However, if you are under the age of 21, you must wear a helmet at all ties. Additionally, passengers over the age of 21 may ride without a helmet, however, if the driver is required to wear a helmet, then the passenger must also wear a helmet.

How do I know if I have a valid personal injury claim?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will have to hire an attorney who can gather and present all the evidence needed to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. This is known as satisfying the burden of proof. Pictures/videos of the accident, medical documents, witness statements, police reports, and more are all great ways to prove a personal injury claim.

How long will I have to sue someone for a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you must ensure that you do not wait too long to sue. There is a statute of limitations in place that dictates the amount of time the wrongly injured have to take legal action. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, which gives the wrongly injured two years from the date of their accident to sue. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be permanently time-barred from suing.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.