Helmet Laws and Motorcycle Accidents

Helmet Laws and Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders are inherently at a disadvantage compared to motorists in passenger vehicles. A motorcycle’s small size and lack of a protective enclosure mean that motorcycle operators and passengers are at a much greater risk for catastrophic injuries when involved in an accident.

Helmets dramatically improve one’s chances of surviving an accident, but whether or not you choose to wear one, you have the right to obtain compensation from a negligent party. To learn more about South Carolina helmet laws, please contact the Steinberg Law Firm today at 843-720-2800 to schedule your free consultation.

In the state of South Carolina, all motorcycle operators and passengers under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet that has been approved by the Office of Highway Safety. Such helmets must include certain features, like a chin strap or neck strap, and reflectors. Drivers and passengers aged 21 and over are not required to wear helmets.

Even though South Carolina doesn’t require motorists 21 and over to wear helmets, our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend that motorcycle operators and passengers do so. Consider these statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • More than 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in the motorcyclist’s injury or death.
  • Wearing a helmet reduces your risk of death in a car accident by nearly one-third.
  • Motorcycle riders who don’t wear helmets are 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury in a crash than those who do.

But it’s not just about safety. Wearing a helmet can help your case when you file a lawsuit against a careless party that causes an accident. Wearing a helmet shows that you are a responsible biker and can help steer a case in your favor.

If you choose not to wear a helmet and sustain head injuries in a motorcycle accident, then it is easier for the other side to argue that your injuries could have been less severe had you worn head protection. This is a classic maneuver for defendants looking to avoid paying victims what they deserve.

Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina

Motorcycle law is a complex branch of South Carolina law. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need a qualified motorcycle accident attorney on your side to help you recover all of the damages to which you are entitled. Please contact the Steinberg Law Firm today at 843-720-2800 to schedule your free consultation with one of our South Carolina helmet law attorneys.

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