The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires that all motorcycle operators and riders wear a proper helmet in the state of Mississippi. A majority of bicycle and motorcycle injuries are head injuries. The helmet rule is in place for the safety of everyone on the road. That’s not to say that just any helmet will work, either. Choosing the correct motorcycle helmet is very important.
First and foremost, it is easiest to tell a safe helmet from a less safe one when there is a U.S. Department of Transportation sticker on it. If you see a helmet with a D.O.T. sticker, this means that it meets or exceeds the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Thick Inner Padding
Safe helmets will have at least 1 inch of firm padding. While they will not always be visible, you should be able to tell how much padding the helmet offers. If padding is soft foam and flimsy, it is not as safe as possible. The purpose of the padding is to decrease impact on the head in the event of a fall.
Weight and Style
A proper helmet will not be lightweight. It will be, on average, three pounds. Visors are allowed to be attached to helmets, but any designs or unnecessary accessories are not allowed to extend more than 1/10 of an inch from the helmet it self. These additions are considered unsafe.
Many people view helmets as optional. They are not. Anyone operating or riding a motorcycle can be pulled over and ticketed for not wearing or having a helmet available. In addition, if you are in a motorcycle accident without a helmet, it could hurt your case.
Many motorcycle accidents, crashes and collisions occur because they were not visible to another vehicle. Even when riding in the daytime, it is best to keep headlights on at all times. Since 1978, all U.S.A. made motorcycles’ headlights automatically turn on once running. This can make a motorcycle twice as noticeable as a motorcycle without headlights, even in the daylight.
Comparative Fault Law
Mississippi follows a comparative fault law. This means that if you are filing an injury lawsuit involving a motorcycle, but you were not wearing a helmet, you share some of the responsibility in the accident. That’s not to say it will be equally both party’s fault, but it is something to consider next time you second-guess putting on your helmet. Remember that not wearing a helmet can be considered negligence in a trial. Whatever percentage of neglect the court finds you to have in the accident, will be the percentage of reward reduced overall.
Motorcycle accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries. This can include brain damage, head injuries, road rash, spinal cord trauma and more. These are not always fix-it wounds, either. Motorcycle injuries can last well beyond the length of the accident, or even the length of the trial. Long-term damage is a big problem in any motor vehicle related accident. Don’t wait to seek the compensation and justice you deserve.
If you believe you were in a motorcycle accident that merits compensation, be sure to contact a trusted team of hattiesburg lawyers at Braddock Law. We ensure the best representation and quality of services in Mississippi.
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Mr. Braddock works closely with a team of experts ranging from investigators to physicians to build the strongest cases possible against those responsible for catastrophic motorcycle accidents. If you or a member of your family has been involved in such an accident, we urge you to contact our motorcycle accident lawyer, serving Vicksburg and regions throughout Mississippi. Talmadge Braddock can provide you with the legal guidance you need and fight for the compensation you deserve.