In the news the other day there was an article about a 46-year old man who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
As he approached a major intersection, he used his brakes at the last second rather than casually slowing down, according to the Highway Patrol officer.
Suffering from severe head and torso injuries, the victim wasn’t wearing a helmet…
The motorcyclist skidded into the middle of the intersection and tipped the motorcycle onto its side. He and the bike continued to slide to the opposite side of the road where he crashed into a wooden sign post.
The man wasn’t wearing a helmet; he suffered serious injuries to his head and torso. He also lost his arm. He was taken by air to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.
Motorcycle accident victims often sustain severe head and traumatic brain injuries in accidents caused by other drivers. Sometimes helmets prevent or mitigate the consequences; sometimes they do not.
California Vehicle Code Section 27803:
States a driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet that complies with the standards established by the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “out of every 100 fatal motorcycle collisions and accidents in which the drivers were not wearing helmets, at least 37 lives could have been spared had helmet been worn.” In addition, the reduction of injuries if people had worn a helmet during non-fatal accidents is enormous.
The following is a summary of helmet laws that you, as a motorcyclist, need to know:
- If you did not sustain any head, neck or shoulder injuries, a helmet is typically irrelevant to your claim
- If you weren’t wearing a helmet, your case will be extremely difficult to prove
- If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, regardless if you were wearing a helmet or not, a personal injury attorney who has been successful in motorcycle accident cases can help you through the legal process and tell you about your rights.
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous. It’s possible to suffer head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, including broken necks, crushed bones, internal injuries, amputation, torn ligaments and more. Being involved in a motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries that could cause you to require treatment and care for the remainder of your life. You need to have a motorcycle accident attorney on your side that will be able to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir Tierney & Weck, We aim to help.