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Helmets help prevent injuries in a motorcycle collision

Although the wearing of a safety helmet by motorcyclists has been proven to increase the survival rate of motorcycle accident victims, the majority of states have not made helmet use mandatory. The year after California enacted its universal safety helmet law in 1992, making it mandatory for drivers and passengers on motorcycles to wear helmets, fatal motorcycle crash deaths went down 37 percent according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The favorable weather conditions and scenic beauty of large parts of Orange County, California, make motorcycle riding a popular leisure time activity. High gasoline prices and traffic congestion during weekday rush hours have increased the number of people taking to the road on a motorcycle for their daily commute to and from work. 

Regardless of how highly skilled a motorcycle operator might be, when an accident happens, broken bones, head injury and other catastrophic injuries are usually the result. Part of this has to do with the lack of a protective steel cage encapsulating the driver as exists in a car, truck or SUV. According to the CDC, the use of a safety helmet by operators and passengers has been shown to reduce head and brain injury by 69 percent in the event of a motorcycle accident.

Motorcyclists who do not wear a safety helmet in California risk more than just the catastrophic injuries that might result from a motorcycle collision. Courts may take into account the degree to which not wearing a helmet might have contributed to a worsening of the injuries and reduce the compensation a motorcycle accident victim might otherwise have been awarded.

Someone injured in a motorcycle accident might benefit from a consultation with a California personal injury attorney with knowledge of motorcycle helmet laws. The laws controlling the ability of a victims to recover compensation in motorcycle accidents are complex and should be discussed with a competent attorney.

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