Louisiana Motorcycle Helmet and Safety Laws

Louisiana 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.


  1. 1anonymous says

    What about bicycles? Some states have gone nuts and required that everyone on a bicycle wear a helmet. That includes Alabama, of all places, where I used to live.

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