According to the Daily Press, which serves Hampton Roads, Virginia, a motorcycle operator was killed about 3pm on June 24, 2014 while riding on Interstate 81 in the Western portion of the state. The driver, 69, went off the left side of the Interstate and hit a guardrail. The motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet.
Virginia drivers and passengers are required to wear helmets. Failure to wear a helmet can help to show a victim was partially to blame by failing to mitigate or reduce his or her potential damages from a crash.
Those who argue that all motorcycle riders should wear a helmet point to many statistical studies that show the dangers of not wearing a helmet. They’ll also argue that a helmet cuts down on outside noise and on the effect that weather can have on a motorcyclist. Helmets with eye protection / windshield features can make it easier to see when there is glare and protect the eyes from debris. Some helmet advocates will also argue that good helmets are better for all the muscles around the neck and head which means less driver fatigue.
Opponents will say that the statistics aren’t that clear and that helmets can be restrictive, uncomfortable, and can reduce the rider’s ability to assess his or her surroundings. Many opponents think that wearing a helmet is a good idea but that it should be up to the rider instead of the state. What is your view?
Norfolk motorcycle accident attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., has helped thousands of Virginia and North Carolina accident victims take action against the person or entity responsible for their pain and suffering, and he is prepared to put his 25 years of experience to work fighting for you. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, contact him today by calling (888) 694-1671 and learn more about your legal rights and options under the law.