Motorcycles are incredibly popular in Southern California.
If you ride one, the odds of you being involved in an accident and traumatically hurt are much greater than your odds of being injured in a car accident. Hundreds of people are injured and killed every day due to motorcycle accidents.
What happens if you get into a motorcycle accident and you weren’t wearing a helmet? Can you still get compensation for your injuries and damages?
The fact that you weren’t wearing a helmet could affect any insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit you decide to file against another driver who you think caused the accident. However, never assume anything – discuss with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
California has some of the strictest motorcycle laws in the country. Safety and equipment laws are designed to keep riders and passengers safe.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 27803(b), “It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet.” The helmet must be worn on the person’s head and fastened with the appropriate helmet straps so the helmet does not display excessive lateral or vertical movement.
In addition, the laws state that eye protection is not required and daytime headlights are required for all vehicles manufactured after 1978.
If you were in violation of California motorcycle laws, specifically the helmet laws, and you suffered head injuries, you may face a more difficult road if you’re trying to get compensation from another driver.
The impact of a motorcycle accident can have devastating consequences for you and your family. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the nature and long-term consequences of your injuries is critical for your success.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck because you deserve a law firm with a proven track record of success on your side.