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Does riding without a helmet invalidate an injury claim?

If you ride a motorcycle, then you already understand that a large part of the experience is taking responsibility for yourself and your choices. However, the rights and responsibilities of the motorcyclist vary from state to state, which can create difficulties for those of us who like to ride but also live in the northeast, where a nice long weekend ride may take us across several state lines.

Here in Connecticut, riders are not currently required to wear a helmet, although the issue is a matter of contention for state lawmakers nearly every legislative season. However, just because you can ride without a helmet in Connecticut doesn't mean that you can do so everywhere.

Many riders worry that if they suffer an accident while not wearing a helmet that they will be unable to seek damages. The good news is that this is generally untrue. It is important to familiarize yourself with the riding laws of the whichever states you visit, but here in Connecticut, not wearing a helmet does not keep you from filing a claim for damages if you suffer in an accident.

There are many factors to consider when you choose to ride without a helmet, but ultimately, it is your choice. It is always wise to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney personally if you have questions or concerns about your ability to successfully file a personal injury claim or the effect that riding may have on your insurance policy. With proper legal counsel, you can ride with confidence and keep your rights and future secure.

Source: Findlaw, "Motorcycle Accident FAQ," accessed June 09, 2017

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