Trusted Boca Raton Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Discuss Life-Saving Helmet Safety Laws
Pursuing justice for South Florida motorcyclists injured in traffic crashes
As the controversy about whether wearing a motorcycle helmets save lives or not continues, we maintain that you are better off wearing a helmet and not needing it, than not wearing one and later wishing you had. Yes, there are motorcycle crashes that are not survivable whether the rider was helmeted or not, but for those where the rider could have walked away with injuries, in most cases, (DOT approved) helmets protect the head from much worse injuries.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has established safety standards for motorcycle manufacturers to help guide motorcyclists when they are purchasing a helmet. According to a DOT press briefing, The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that “Motorcycle helmets that meet DOT safety standards help save more than a thousand lives every year, according to NHTSA estimates. ”
A serious motorcycle crash can overwhelm your life. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash that was the result of another driver’s negligence, you may be considering filing a wrongful death claim. While most injury cases are settled out of court, we are willing and prepared to bring your claim in state or federal court if necessary. Talk with Yeboah Law Group about your case. We are here to listen and to provide you with compassionate attention and aggressive representation for your motorcycle accident injury case.
Florida’s motorcycle helmet laws
Under Florida law, 316.211, motorcycle riders must wear protective headgear that is securely fastened on their head and which meets DOT safety standards. A person riding a motorcycle must also wear protective eye gear unless he or she is in an enclosed cab. The exceptions to these rules are:
- If the rider is over age 16.
- If the motorcyclist is riding a bike powered by a motor with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less or is rated not more than 2 brake horsepower, and is not capable of exceeding 30 mph on level ground.
- If the rider is covered by an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for motorcycle crash injuries.
Balancing your rights with your protecting your head
Part of the appeal of riding a motorcycle is the freedom you feel when you are on your bike on the open road. Some motorcycle riders feel as if wearing a helmet diminishes that feeling of freedom. Safety experts look at the high numbers of fatalities and traumatic brain injuries that can occur with motorcycle crashes.
Many safety experts will agree that motorcycle helmets prevent injuries in a crash. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that when Florida reverted from a universal helmet law state to a partial helmet law, the death rate rose by 21% in the two years following the change in the law. Hospital admissions for people who had sustained skull, head and brain injuries in motorcycle crashes increased 82% over the same two years.
You can be held partially liable for your injuries in a motorcycle crash in Florida
Should you decide that the feeling of your hair blowing in the breeze is more important to you that protecting your head when you ride your motorcycle, you might face liability issues. If you are involved in a traffic crash where the other driver was at fault and you suffered serious injuries, the defendant who caused the crash might not be 100% liable for your injuries. Florida follows a comparative negligence standard for personal injury cases. If the court decides that you are 20% responsible for your injuries because you were not wearing a helmet, the damage you might receive would be reduced by 20%.
Do you have questions for a Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer?
If you have sustained an injury in a motorcycle crash and you have questions about whether you might be able to recover compensation, you may want to schedule a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who will listen to your story, answer your questions and offer legal guidance specifically about your situation.
Schedule a consultation with a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer now
Motorcycle accidents can be complicated to investigate and they can be challenging to pursue. You need skilled representation from the Boca Raton motorcycle accident attorneys at the Yeboah Law Group who have experience and a favorable record of helping clients obtain justice in the form of compensation for their injuries. Just a minute away from Publix Super Market at Fifth Avenue Shops, to schedule a free consultation with Yeboah Law Group today, you are invited to call 1-800-TELL-SAM or fill out our contact form now.
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