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Motorcycle Accident Claim: Impact of Not Wearing a Helmet
You've been involved in an accident on your motorcycle—and you weren't wearing a helmet. If that's true, and you're still around to read this, you should consider yourself lucky. Riding without a helmet increases your risk of death in an accident by 37%. But how does it impact your personal injury claim against the other driver? If they were clearly at fault, does your lack of a helmet impact your case at all? It just might. Keep reading to learn more.
The Stats on Wearing a Helmet
Before we get into the details of how not wearing a helmet impacts your case, we want to talk about how it can impact your life. Statistics make it abundantly clear that helmets save lives. In 2016, a total of 5,286 motorcyclists died in crashes. Of those who died, helmets could have as many of 1,859 of them. Approximately 41% of motorcycle drivers who die in accidents are not wearing a helmet. Even among survivors, severe head injuries can lead to lifelong complications that could have otherwise been prevented. So, if you were in an accident without a helmet and you survived, you're lucky, and we hope that you'll elect to wear a helmet every time you mount your motorcycle in the future.
It Doesn't Change Liability
If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, this does not change who was liable. If it's clear that the other driver was responsible for the accident, your own decision to not wear a helmet will not be considered a factor in this part of your case. So, even if you weren't wearing a helmet, you most likely still have a case that you can pursue. However, it may impact your compensation.
Impact on Compensation for Injuries
Head and neck injuries are some of the most severe and life-altering injuries in any kind of vehicle accident. They can leave someone with a permanent handicap, impact their ability to work and make a living wage, and leave them with lifelong pain and ongoing medical expenses. Of course, it's natural to want to receive compensation for such an injury.