The laws governing motorcycle helmets change from state to state, and in some states, almost from year to year. Currently, laws in nineteen states and the District of Columbia compel all motorcyclists and their passengers to use helmets. California is one of those nineteen states. The laws in 28 other states require only some motorcyclists – usually those under 21 – to use a helmet. Motorcycle helmets are controversial. Many motorcyclists say that helmets block their vision and make it tougher to avoid crashes. Nevertheless, when crashes do happen, motorcyclists wearing helmets are much more likely to live and to be less severely injured. If you are injured while motorcycling in southern California and a negligent car, bus, or truck driver is at fault, discuss your rights and options promptly with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.
In 2012, over 4,900 motorcyclists died on U.S. streets and highways. That figure represents a 33 percent increase in just ten years, and it represents 15 percent of all 2012 traffic fatalities. Dr. Terence O’Keeffe, a surgeon at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, tells Reuters, “There’s not a single study that suggests motorcycle helmets are a bad thing when it comes to motorcyclists.”
If you’re a motorcyclist and you’ve been injured because of another driver’s negligence, let an experienced personal injury attorney review your case and help you determine if pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is your best option. If the answer is yes, your personal injury attorney can negotiate aggressively for the maximum available compensation. If a negotiated agreement cannot be achieved, your attorney will bring your case before a jury and will explain to that jury exactly how you were injured. If you’re hurt in a motorcycle collision in the Pasadena area, Los Angeles County, or anywhere in southern California, take your case at once to an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.