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Motorcycle accidents and helmet laws

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2016 | Firm News, motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists are at risk of severe head and neck injuries because they are always exposed. This is why helmets are the most important piece of protective gear you can wear. They protect the head from possible skull fractures and brain injuries. Helmets save many lives by reducing the number of head injuries in motorcycle accidents. A large number of motorcyclists die each year because their head and neck region is unprotected. Many states have made laws that require motorcyclists to wear safety helmets.

Motorcyclists have retaliated against the idea of being forced to wear a helmet. It is one of the most controversial topics in the motorcyclist community, even though the law has proven to be a smart strategy to increase the use of helmets and reduce the total number of head injuries and deaths caused due to motorcycle accidents. The law has had a positive effect but has met resistance from motorcyclists.

The law makes it mandatory to wear a helmet while driving a motorcycle. This means that any motorcyclist who is in an accident and was not wearing a helmet may be held partially responsible due to negligence. They might not be able to get compensation, or it may be reduced because of their own negligence. In some states, failure to wear a helmet may not affect the rider’s ability to get compensation. In cases where the lack of helmet does not contribute to the rider’s injuries, it becomes inadmissible and the motorcyclist may be compensated.

If you have been part of a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney. Even if you were not wearing a helmet, your attorney might still be able to get you compensation for injuries and damages.