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Wearing Headphones While Riding

Few states have explicit laws against riding a motorcycle with headphones or earphones plugged into a music player. However, even though the law may not explicitly make it illegal to wear while riding on a motorcycle, a rider may still be cited due to reckless or inattentive driving. Although music can make a trip more enjoyable, losing the ability to hear clearly while on the road can be potentially disastrous. With noise-canceling earphones, important motor sounds and sirens can be drowned out.

If you need a consultation with a lawyer to determine what kind of liability can be derived from headphone use, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.

Standing Laws

To understand some of the current laws on headphone use while riding, lawmakers have created three types of violations applied to headphone use:

  • Illegality
  • One-ear use
  • Related citation

In certain states, laws are passed to completely ban the use of music-playing headphones from the road. In nearby Minnesota and like-minded states, headphone use is permitted in one ear only. The aim is to allow riders to enjoy their music like automobile drivers are permitted to, but with the added safety measure of keeping half of the hearing apparatus open to the sounds of the road.

Finally, other states do not have legal standards directly addressing headphone use, but do have precedents for related citations to be filed, particularly reckless or inattentive driving.

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If you have been injured because of the reckless or negligent riding of another motorcyclist, you may be eligible for legal recourse. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today to discuss viable options for your claim.

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