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Can I File a Motorcycle Accident Claim If I Wasn't Wearing a Helmet?

Motorcycling is a beloved form of recreation for many Floridians. But when a motorcycle accident happens, the consequences can bring the enjoyment to a crashing halt.

Injuries from a motorcycle wreck can be devastating, and many are fatal. Once the damages are assessed, a sizable insurance payout may hang in the balance depending on whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

After a motorcycle crash in Florida, victims must act decisively to hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to protect their rights to compensation. Get in touch with the accomplished team at Brooks Law Group. Our attorneys have been representing injured people in Tampa, Winter Haven, Auburndale, and throughout Central Florida for nearly three decades.

If you’ve been hurt, call or contact us today for a free consultation.

Florida Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Florida follows what is known as a partial helmet law. According to the law, adults age 21 and older do not have to wear a helmet as long as they carry at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding a motorcycle.

Helmets are mandatory for younger riders, regardless of the amount of insurance they carry.

Can I Get Compensation If I Am Injured While Not Wearing a Helmet?

Compensation is possible in an injury claim even if you weren’t wearing a motorcycle helmet in Florida. However, even though it is your right not to wear a helmet if you’re over 21, there are ways that failing to wear one could still count against you.

In personal injury claims involving negligence, fault for the accident can be split among all of the parties involved. If the court finds that your failure to wear a helmet contributed to your injuries, you could be held partly liable for the accident and your compensation would be reduced according to your percentage of fault.

What Types of Compensation Can I Recover After a Motorcycle Accident?

You may be entitled to the following compensation, or damages, after a motorcycle accident in Florida:

  • Medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damages
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

After reviewing the facts, a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can place an appropriate value on your case and collect strong evidence to support your claim.

Contact a Winter Haven Motorcycle Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been Injured

Crashes involving motorcycles, especially when the driver was without a helmet, can be challenging to resolve in Florida. If you’ve been hurt, you need a motorcycle accident lawyer with experience winning at both the negotiating table and in the courtroom. That’s what you’ll find at Brooks Law Group.

Our Winter Haven motorcycle accident attorneys are accomplished trial lawyers with a track record of success obtaining top-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. To learn what we can do for you, call or contact us today for a free consultation.

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