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Be Aware of the “Helmet Lie”

via Arizona Motorcycle Lawyers Warn Riders to Be Aware of the “Helmet Lie” | Arizona Motorcycle Accident Blog.

Arizona motorcycle accident attorney Mark Breyer was invited to speak at the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs’ January meeting about Arizona’s “Helmet Lie.” His talk touched upon the fact that as a motorcycle rider in Arizona, if you are over 18 years old, you aren’t required by law to wear a helmet. However, if you suffer an injury and you aren’t wearing a helmet, it is possible that a lack of helmet could be used against you to stop you from recovering any compensation for your injuries. The law currently states that if the at-fault party can prove a helmet could have protected the rider, the rider is responsible for their own injuries. Mark Breyer of the Husband and Wife Law Team at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. wants all motorcycle riders to know about this aspect of the helmet law.

There were more than 250 people in attendance at the January Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs’ meeting. The meeting represented dozens of clubs from all over the state. Mark Breyer regularly speaks to groups about the laws regarding Arizona motorcycle accidents. If you want to invite the team to your event, contact them at Ashley@BreyerLaw.com.

There were 2,735 Arizona motorcycle accidents in 2010 that left 86 dead and 2,390 injured, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). In these accidents, 1,251 riders wore a helmet and 747 didn’t. The study shows that there were slightly less fatalities among riders who wore a helmet. There was also a higher percentage of riders without helmets who experienced incapacitating injuries as compared to rider who used a helmet.

 

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