California is one of the states with a universal helmet law implemented. Whether you wear a modular helmet, an open-faced helmet, or something in between, nothing can stop some negligent person from hitting you while riding in L.A.
After all, Los Angeles has one of the highest incidences of motorcycle wrecks. So naturally, you have to wear a helmet when you ride. And this remains true if you are the one in control of your motorcycle or not. For example, you may have been a passenger sitting behind the bike’s operator, grabbing the sissy bars. If so, you better put a cover on that grape, buddy!
Failure to do so could mean the loss of valuable compensatory damages when injured in a crash. In some states, you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle and bicycle. Many states require kids to wear protective headgear when riding bikes.
In other states, you might need to wear a helmet as an adult. But it usually only applies if the vehicle is motorized. But in California, you have to wear a helmet if you ride a motorbike.
It’s a surprise that states didn’t make face masks necessary for COVID #19. But that’s another discussion for another day.
Before explaining whether helmets offer any protection, we mustn’t forget that California implemented the law in 1992. So we have a lot of data.
A year later, in 1993, the Golden State saw a 37% drop in the number of deaths caused by motorcycle accidents. It’s known that passengers and drivers have fewer injuries wearing helmets.
The data shows helmeted victims receive 69% fewer head injuries. Also, you could get a fine if you ride a motorcycle and don’t wear a helmet.
The standards that your helmets must meet are called DOT standards. DOT stands for the Department of Transportation. If buying a helmet, you must look for a safety sticker. A sticker is required that says the helmet meets the DOT standards.
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An adverse scenario can happen if you get involved in an accident. In fact, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, it can have severe financial consequences. Of course, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, it’s assumed that you chose not to wear one.
However, the critical thing to know is that your lawyers can still prove your case. In fact, not wearing a helmet may not affect damages caused by accidents.
But if you received a head injury, it is the focus of the case. The first thing examined is the severity of the head injury.
A severe head injury could disable you. It may cause permanent emotional, physical, or mental damages. Again, examining the seriousness of the lesions shows the worth. It’s used to estimate the amount of compensation you could receive as a result of the crash.
So injuries may be worse because you weren’t wearing a helmet. But that doesn’t make the negligent party innocent, i.e., they were still at fault. It was their negligence that caused the accident.
Whether you are wearing a helmet or not, you will still receive compensation for the following:
The case can have some slight difficulties in some cases. In this case, you got hurt and weren’t wearing a helmet. But, as mentioned above, it doesn’t free the negligent party from its fault. Contact With The Right Lawyers
You need personal injury representation to receive accident compensation for losses and damages. It would help if you had a seasoned lawyer for the best outcome. The lawyer will get you a bonus before letting the case go to court. Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, is ready to help with vehicle accident cases.
It isn’t your job to consider whether you will receive compensation. Get the first free consultation with Ehline Lawyers. You will have guidance with care, so you’re solaced for your pain and suffering.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Motorcycles
https://saferoads.org/issues/motorcycle-helmets Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
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