Riding in the open North Carolina air is one of the main attractions of purchasing a motorcycle, and as many riders enjoy the feeling of freedom from a vehicle, they may also wish to forego a helmet for the same reason. Although it may be exhilarating to ride without any extra gear, it can be extremely dangerous— research shows that in the event of a crash, wearing a motorcycle helmet can undoubtedly save a life.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 1,544 lives saved in 2010, citing a 37% chance of reducing motorcycle fatalities and a 69% likelihood of reducing head injuries in the event of an accident.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, seeking legal representation may be the best course of action to fight for your rights and help recover from the crash. The compensation that can be won from a successful settlement or verdict can help to pay medical bills and rehabilitative expenses associated with the crash.
The personal injury firm of Lewis & Keller has a strong belief that the victims of negligent drivers or riders should be fairly and effectively represented in a court of law, and that the pain and suffering you experienced should not have to continue beyond the injuries of the accident. We will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients.
North Carolina Motorcycle Helmet Laws
By law, it is mandatory for every motorcyclist to wear a helmet in the state of North Carolina. Violators of the state’s helmet laws will receive a penalty of $25.50 per infraction, which will affect riders of all ages, as the law does.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported the following national information in January 2013:
- There are no motorcycle helmet use laws in three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire.)
- Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states.
- Laws that require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Helmet laws are in place to protect riders from what can be a potentially fatal situation, not to stifle the enjoyment of their ride. It is important that motorcyclists remember their helmets even on short trips, because there is no guarantee a short trip will be accident free.
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act passed in 1966 as a step toward more stringent safety guidelines for riders. In this year, helmet laws were first introduced and progress was made toward designing and developing some of the safest helmets on the market today.
Safety features on the most current helmets include:
- Ear protection
- Face shields
- Ventilation materials
- …and other emerging technologies
Vehicle and helmet safety features are a crucial part of staying out of harm’s way when riding a motorcycle, but factors like distracted drivers, poor road conditions, inexperience with a motorcycle and others can cause a crash.
Before you or a loved one gets on a motorcycle for a ride, knowing North Carolina motorcycle helmet laws can mean the difference between life and death.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Winston-Salem NC
At our law firm, we are here to protect and fight for the rights of accident victims who may otherwise not have an ally in the situation. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle injury that was caused by the negligence of another person, we can help.
With many years of combined legal experience and over $10 MILLION in settlements and successful verdicts won for our clients, we have the knowledge and resources to handle your injury litigation.
Our office in Winston-Salem proudly serves clients in the following areas:
- Mt. Airy
- …and most of the surrounding towns and suburbs in these locations
Our No Fee Promise guarantees that you will receive a free case evaluation from our team, and will not be billed for our services unless we obtain a settlement for you.
To contact our motorcycle lawyer today, simply call 866-299-1769.