There will never be a time when the importance of helmets for motorcyclists are not heavily touted, and that’s because helmets can literally be the difference between life and death in motorcycle accidents. Some bikers get into an accident and strike their heads, and the only reason they do not suffer crippling brain damage is because of their helmet. Despite this, helmets remain a somewhat unpopular accessory, with many bikers choosing not to wear them.
The laws for motorcycle helmets vary by state, but generally speaking, as is the case in Oklahoma, helmets are not required by law for riders over the age of 18 who are on a major road. Still, some bikers fear that if they are involved in an accident, not wearing a helmet will affect the legitimacy of their claim, or even that they will be entitled to less compensation for the injuries they suffer.
The argument against bikers without helmets sometimes leads to arguments of negligence against the biker for not taking his or her protection seriously. In some instances, drivers argue that if the motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet, the injuries suffered would not be as severe. Therefore, the biker should not be entitled to compensation based on the injuries that the helmet would have prevented. This can significantly affect the amount of compensation you receive.
In most instances, failure to wear a helmet will not prevent you from making a successful motorcycle accident claim. Fault is fault, and if the other driver is at fault in the accident, he or she would likely be held responsible. However, to prevent a life-threatening or fatal injury, wearing a helmet is always in your best interests. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and you want to recover the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve, consider meeting with an attorney to help you build a strong claim.