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Helmet or no Helmet...

You decide.

As the weather heats up more riders are hitting the road for ride.

Before you get on your bike do you put your helmet on? Are you wearing the proper gear? Or do you prefer to throw caution to the wind and let it blow through your hair? Either way it doesn’t matter. We are lucky enough to live in a state where we still have the option to choose.

Have you called your insurance company to find out if a claim would be paid out of you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident? Geico does but it does not include apparel, AND a helmet or leathers are apparel NOT safety gear. If you haven’t here are a few that do, Allstate, Progressive, State Farm, they have the same protocol, and in 3 out of 5 companies, the agent had to check underwriting, being in Arizona has different guide lines.

Call your insurance company to verify that you have that coverage.

This leads me to the next item, the limited power of attorney, do you have one? Or carry one with you? You should because this P.O.A. is not just for your motorcycle but any accident where you may not be able to make important decisions. Protect yourself and others it’s a handy little piece of paper to have. It is a subject that many people avoid but do you have a living will? Back to not being able to make decisions, your living will instructs others on your wishes and what you want done. Don’t just do it for yourself but for your family and friends.

Yes, Arizona is an awesome place to live and ride, most would think that it just comes with the territory but it doesn’t, we must fight for these rights, our safety and the education of non riders. We need a voice, or should I say a louder stronger voice, we had a great opportunity to speak loudly at Motorcycle Day at The Dome, no, we weren’t in the thousands, it was the middle if the week, It is our presence that was needed, those loud pipes it seemed to be a unity between MRO’s. The devoted were there. Next year will be a bigger, better event, so take the day off and join us… Ride Smart, Ride Safely.

Casey Yates
ABATE of Arizona
State Secretary