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Do Motorcycle Helmets Affect Liability in Accidents?

Do Motorcycle Helmets Affect Liability in Accidents?

There are over eight million registered motorcycles in the United States. Riding a motorcycle is nothing like riding a car, which is one of the reasons why so many do it.


California is one of the 19 states along with the District of Columbia with universal helmet laws, which requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, regardless of experience or age. However, that doesn’t mean that all riders follow this rule.


Motorcycle accidents cause some of the most severe injuries on the road. If a motorcyclist sustains injuries in a crash while not wearing a helmet, does that affect liability in regards to who is at fault?

Helmet Use and Injuries

While it’s difficult to gauge how many overall motorcyclists actually wear helmets, we know that more than 50 percent of motorcycle crash fatalities involved motorcyclists that were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.


We also know that what helmets actually do it lessen the chance of a severe head injury in an otherwise survivable crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in studies of non-fatal motorcycle injuries also revealed that riders who did not wear helmets had higher health care costs, longer hospitalization, longer recovery periods, and an increased loss in quality of life.

Will it Affect Your Claim?

Without wearing a helmet, there is a greater chance that the cost of injury will be higher, in regards to medical bills, surgery costs, and out-of-work compensation.


However, wearing a helmet does not affect fault in an accident. Many accidents are caused by drivers who are not aware of motorcyclists or drivers not letting motorcyclists pass. While injuries may be greater without a helmet, this does not make a motorcyclist liable for the cause of the accident itself.

How a Lawyer Can Help You

Whether a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet or not, accidents should always try to be avoided. While helmets can reduce the risk of more severe injuries, motorcycle accidents can injure riders, helmet or not.


Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers have years of experience helping accident victims seek compensation for their injuries, and we can help you seek compensation for yours.


Contact our firm at (800) 905-8777 to discuss your case today.


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