Motorcycle accidents in Texas and around the world are often very serious and result in multiple injuries for the cyclist. These injuries may be especially severe if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Those who are injured following a crash may wonder if they can still receive compensation if they weren’t wearing a helmet when they were hit.
Helmets and motorcycle crashes
The Center for Disease Control urges motorcyclists to wear helmets while they are riding. Wearing a helmet reduces motorcycle fatalities by 37% and reduces the risk of receiving a head injury following a crash by 69%. Though motorcyclists in Texas over the age of 21 aren’t legally required to wear a helmet while operating their motorcycle if they meet certain requirements, it is still a good idea to do so.
Receiving compensation after a crash
If you choose to file a civil claim against the responsible party, you may wonder if not wearing a helmet will play a role in the case. The short answer is, yes, it may be brought up in the courtroom. Because the injuries may not have been as severe if a helmet was worn, the defense may argue that less money should be paid following a crash. Because adults in Texas are allowed to ride without a helmet, this may not be a viable defense option. Those who are injured after a no-helmet crash might still be able to receive compensation.
Talk with an experienced lawyer for help
If you have been injured following a motorcycle crash, your injuries may be extensive. Medical treatments might be extremely costly, and you may need to stop working while you heal. This could affect your family’s ability to pay their bills. A personal injury lawyer might be able to help by filing a civil claim against the individual(s) responsible for the accident. If negligence can be proven, you may be able to receive compensation for your care and lost wages.