CAN I STILL RECOVER FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IF I WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET?

CAN I STILL RECOVER FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IF I WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET?

Your decision to ride without a helmet could impact your ability to successfully pursue a personal injury claim against the person who caused your motorcycle accident.  Under Georgia’s motorcycle laws, all riders (meaning both drivers and passengers) must wear a helmet at all times.

The decision not to wear a helmet, however, will not prevent you from  filing a successful legal claim. It may however affect the amount of compensation, depending on the type of injuries suffered and the extent to which a helmet would have avoided the suffering of those types of injuries. 

To limit your recovery, the opposing side would need to show that your failure to wear a helmet caused your injuries or made the injuries you sustained worse.  In addition to a potential adverse effect on the damages you can cover, not wearing a helmet will almost certainly cause your insurer to raise your premiums or even deny your claims if you were not wearing a helmet in a state, like Georgia, that requires it.

Please contact AJ Law Practice for a consultation right away if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident.