From a legal standpoint, a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer has an easier time recovering compensation for injured bikers if they were wearing helmets during an accident. Like many other states today, Nevada has a helmet law that requires motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets. Those who violate the helmet law are subject to fines and having points added to their driving record.
Statistics strongly support the basis for helmet laws. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported in a 2012 press release that helmets prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among riders and 41 percent among passengers. They also prevent 13 percent of serious injuries and eight percent of minor injuries. There is no question that helmets are crucial for preventing motorcycle injury. However, currently, only 19 states and also the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws ― laws requiring that riders of all age groups wear helmets when riding motorcycles. Twenty-eight states have partial helmet laws. An example of a partial helmet law is a law that only requires individuals 16 or younger to wear helmets. Many experienced motorcycle riders wear helmets regardless of their state’s law, just for safety reasons.
When bringing a case against another party to hold them liable for accident injury, a Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney must prove negligence to show that the other party was at fault. Traffic violations are one example of evidence that points to negligence. When courts or insurance companies determine fault percentages for parties involved in accidents, failure to wear a helmet counts toward the fault percentage for the rider.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, Huggins & Maxwell can help protect your rights.