What Are the Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Washington D.C.?

Those who ride motorcycles in Washington D.C. often ask whether they are required, under D.C. law, to wear helmets. Of course, these devices are designed for your safety, so it is always the best option to wear one, but does the law specifically call for individuals to wear helmets in D.C.? Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about helmet laws, motorcycle accidents, and how we can help you if you have been injured in an accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are Washington D.C.’s motorcycle helmet laws?

In Washington D.C., if you are a motorcyclist or a passenger on one, you will always have to wear a helmet that has either been approved by the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, or wear a helmet that meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Specifications for Protective Headgear for Vehicle Users, Standard Z90-.1-1966. Furthermore, you should note that if you are a motorcycle driver, you are required to wear a face shield, goggles, or eyeglasses with safety glass lenses, unless your motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen.

How do I know if I qualify for compensation after being injured in a motorcycle accident in D.C.?

If you are someone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you will have to hire an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. Our firm will work to uncover medical documentation, police reports of the accident, witness statements, pictures of the accident, and even security camera footage of the accident as it happened.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time the wrongly injured have to sue the party responsible for their injuries. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, the wrongly injured will, under most circumstances, have three years from the date of their accident to sue the party responsible. That being said, though you may wish to wait to see if your injuries heal on their own, we cannot advise you to do so, for if you wait past the three-year mark, there is a very good chance you will be time-barred forever from suing. We are ready to help you today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.