Motorcycle riding is incredibly dangerous. Because they are totally open to the elements with no crumple zone whatsoever, motorcycles do not provide any protection from forceful impacts. As a result, motorcycle accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Since wearing a helmet can help minimize any resulting devastation in the event of a crash, most states have laws mandating that all riders and passengers wear one, and Alabama is no different. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, it is wise to review your state's laws so you know what to expect given the circumstances.
What Are Alabama’s Helmet Laws?
In the state of Alabama, all operators and passengers must wear an approved helmet when riding on a motorcycle, regardless of their age. An approved helmet is one that has been specifically designed for motorcycle riding and is comprised of a hard shell, shock-absorbing padding, and a permanent chin strap.
How Could Helmet Laws Affect My Claim?
Alabama’s laws make it challenging for injured parties to recover compensation following a motorcycle accident if they were not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. Even if they were not at fault for the wreck, claimants will likely be considered partially liable for the severity of any head injuries that they sustain. And since Alabama follows a contributory negligence system, which bars recovery if the claimant is even 1% at fault, they will not be able to recover any kind of payout as a result.
If you want to file a motorcycle accident claim in Alabama, turn to Jones & Jones PC Attys at Law for legal help. Based in Andalusia, this firm has been representing clients throughout Covington County and the rest of Southern Alabama since 1953. As a general practice firm, they offer a broad range of comprehensive legal services, with a focus on family law, criminal defense, and personal injury law. To get in touch with a strategic attorney on their team, fill out the form on their website or call (334) 222-3161.
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