Q Can I still seek compensation for injuries in a motorcycle accident if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
The thing about Boise weather is, you never know what it will do. A day that starts out beautifully can end in a torrential downpour—and often without notice. This is what happened the day you thought it would be a good idea to drive into work on your motorcycle.
The trip up I-184 going towards work was without incident. The drive back, however, was a different story. The roads became extremely slick as you tried to get home, and you even stopped under a bridge to wait for the rain to let up. When you got back on your bike, it was only a matter of moments before that car sideswiped you.
Getting Your Head in the Game: Can Not Wearing a Helmet Hurt Your Chances of Compensation?
You were thankful your injuries weren’t as bad as they could have been. Along with some scrapes and sprains, you also suffered from a concussion. You weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and wonder if that will harm your chances of getting compensation. Here’s what you need to know:
- Under Idaho law, motorcycle drivers and passengers aren’t legally required to wear helmets, unless they are under the age of 18.
- Although you can still seek compensation, you may not receive as much as you would if you were wearing a helmet. The judge may decide that your injuries wouldn’t be as severe if you had been wearing the protection.
If you do decide to wear a helmet and are involved in an accident, take pictures of the helmet and keep it, if possible, to show what kind of damage it received. Doing so may help you win your case.
Taking the Next Step Towards Justice
Even if you weren’t wearing a helmet, you still deserve justice for your motorcycle accident. Idaho Motorcyle Trial Attorney Alan L. Morton wants to help. Contact him today to find out how at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021.