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Why is wearing a helmet important for a motorcyclist?

Wearing a helmet when you are riding a motorcycle is a very important safety action that might save your life one day. Helmets provide protection for your head, which can help to minimize the risk of brain injuries if you are ever in a motorcycle accident or thrown off of your motorcycle. Without a helmet, you are three times more likely to suffer from an injury to your brain than you would be if you were wearing a helmet.

When should a motorcyclist wear a helmet?

All motorcyclists, whether they are the driver or a passenger, should wear a helmet when the motorcycle is being operated. In California, the law states that helmets are always required for those on a motorcycle, regardless of age. This law provides no leeway for motorcyclists who don't wear a helmet.

Can failure to wear a helmet have an impact on a personal injury case?

There is a chance that not wearing a helmet could have an impact on a personal injury lawsuit if the lawsuit is based on a motorcycle crash. This might be the case if you are suing because you suffered a brain injury. The lack of helmet use by you might be construed as negligence on your part in that case.

Each personal injury case is different. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you should work to understand how different laws might apply to your case, especially if you weren't wearing a helmet. Once you know how the law will affect your case, you can decide how you want to handle the claims for compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "Helmet Laws and Motorcycle Accident Cases," accessed March 18, 2016

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