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Louisiana motorcycle helmet laws

Motorcycle helmet safety lawsLouisiana has gone back and forth on motorcycle helmet requirements.

Current law (LSA R.S. 32:190): “No person shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle unless the person is equipped with and is wearing on the head a safety helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles, which shall be secured properly with a chin strap while in motion…”

Helmets must be approved and must be manufactured by a company carrying at least $100,000 of liability insurance per occurrence. Ever wonder why helmets are so expensive?


Other Louisiana motorcycle safety laws.

  • The rider must be seated on the regular and attached seat.
  • No other person may ride unless there is a seat and the motorcycle was designed to carry more than one person.
  • The rider must face forward and be sitting astride with one leg on each side.
  • The operator cannot carry anything which prevents him from keeping both hands on the handlebars.
  • No child can be carried on a motorcycle who is required to be restrained in a child safety seat.


Managing Partner at Covell and Covell
Mr. Covell has practiced law for over 34 years in Baton Rouge and Covington areas. He is a partner in the law firm of Covell & Covell and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and financial planning as well as successions and probate litigation. Mr. Covell has drafted more than 4,000 wills and trusts in his practice.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center in 1975. He is a frequent speaker in the estate planning field for corporate sponsored groups and also teaches estate planning seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute for lawyers’ continuing legal education requirements.

Mr. Covell is a member of the Louisiana and 22nd JDC Bar Associations. He is also chairman of the Estate Planning Committee of the Attorney General’s Elder Law Task Force. He is co-author of the Louisiana Legal Advisor which is a popular book on Louisiana law written for the layman, now in its 5th edition.

Mr. Covell is a Series 65 licensed investment advisor and is managing partner of Covell Financial, LLC, a registered investment advisor firm. Covell Financial is associated with TD Ameritrade as an institutional investor partner.
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