14 Jun 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.