In Connecticut, there's no legal requirement for adult riders to wear motorcycle helmets. That said, motorcycle accidents can result in life-changing – if not fatal – injuries, so here's why helmets matter.
The Dangers of Riding Without a Helmet
Helmets are designed to minimize head and neck trauma if you're involved in a crash. Are they effective, though? Well, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, helmets have been shown to:
- reduce the risk of head injuries by around 69%; and
- be around 37% effective in reducing fatalities.
Without a helmet, there's nothing to protect your head from flying debris or direct impact. This lack of protection puts you at higher risk of severe injuries, including:
- cervical spine (neck) injuries
- skull fractures
- traumatic brain injuries
Worryingly, out of 68 motorcycle road fatalities in 2021, 60 individuals did not wear a helmet. Moreover, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in a collision than drivers in other vehicles. For your safety, consider wearing a helmet whenever you ride your motorcycle.
Motorcycle Helmets and Personal Injury Claims
If you don't wear a helmet and you're in a motorcycle collision, there's a chance the defendant will try to argue that the absence of a helmet:
- caused your injuries; or
- made your injuries worse.
Just because you're not wearing a helmet, though, doesn't mean you're responsible for the collision. Also, helmets only mitigate head and neck injuries – not other bodily injuries. As an experienced motorcycle crash attorney, I'm familiar with how defendants try to minimize their liability in these cases, and I will fight to ensure you get the fair settlement you're entitled to.
Hire a Motorcycle Crash Attorney in Connecticut
Motorcycle crashes can result in life-changing injuries and fatalities. If you're in a motorcycle collision, you deserve compassionate representation from an attorney who understands how to help you build a strong case. Call me, motorcycle crash attorney Jim Miron, at (203) 339-5991 or leave me a message online to schedule a free consultation.
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