Can Not Wearing Helmet Effect Motorcycle Accident Case?
Riding a motorcycle is risky. You are driving a vehicle that has no out armor to protect you. However, just because you choose to ride a riskier vehicle does not mean that an accident is your fault. Our Dallas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Law Firm of Dorothy Hyde want you to know that we believe that your life is just as precious as someone driving a car or a big rig. In 2011, there were 8.2 million motorcycles registered in the United States. Of those registered, most resided in Florida, California, and Texas.
Motorcycle accidents can be deadly. If a motorcycle is hit on the side then the rider could fall onto the vehicle that hit him or her or the rider can be knocked to the ground. If a motorcycle is hit from the rear, it can cause the rider to fly over the handlebars and either land on their back or face. If a motorcycle is hit head-on, they are more likely to land underneath the vehicle or ejected and fall to the ground. If a rider is hit at a speed as low as 11 MPH, a rider can be ejected from their vehicle. It’s not the flying through the air that hurts, it’s the crash landing.
The best way to get anticipate a motorcycle accident is to wear protective gear. Motorcyclists should wear helmets, padded jackets, pants, and sturdy shoes. The purpose of all this gear is to prevent injuries if you are ejected from your vehicle. Since there is no armor like a car, your protective clothing helps to soften the blow as much as a material can. However, there are no laws requiring you to wear such items. Instead, it is just good practice and advice. Even the Harley Davidson website encourages helmets by stating that a helmet can help neck injuries as well as face and eye socket injuries.
Yet, if you choose not to wear a helmet then it does not mean that you are breaking the law, but it could influence the case. If you are 21 or older, have insurance, and completed a motorcycle safety course, you can ride without a helmet. Therefore, with some circumstance, it is not illegal to ride without a helmet. However, if you are suffering from a head injury due to not wearing a helmet, it may have some negative influence. If your injury is elsewhere then your lack of wearing a helmet should have no bearing on the damages you are seeking.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from injuries due to a motorcycle accident then seeking legal assistance is your best bet. Our Dallas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Law Firm of Dorothy Hyde is ready to fight for you because we believe that motorcyclist have just as much right to be on the road like every other vehicle. Call 214-883-1700 or click here to start your journey to success with our attorneys at the Law Firm of Dorothy Hyde in Dallas today.