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How CA Motorcycle Helmet Laws Can Save Your Life

How CA Motorcycle Helmet Laws Can Save Your Life

In California, with all the vehicles on the road, the odds are that within your lifetime, you will be involved in a traffic collision. No traffic accident leaves you unscathed. If you are a motorcycle rider, any accident can result in serious injury and even death due to a significant lack of protection provided. With this risk in mind, California enacted a motorcycle helmet law in 1992. Vehicle Code section 27803, the California Motorcycle Helmet law, requires that all operators or passengers on a motorcycle use a motorcycle helmet in compliance with the Department of Transportation – a helmet that is fastened with straps and of a size that fits the wearer’s head properly. Additionally, it is recommended that motorcycle helmets be replaced once every 2 to 4 years.

According to the Advocates for Motorcycle and Auto Safety (2008 report) motorcycles account for only 2% of the vehicles on the road but over 9% of traffic fatalities. In 2006, in states where there are no mandatory helmet laws, 65% of motorcycle fatalities involved un-helmeted riders. Conversely, in those states which had mandatory helmet laws, motorcycle fatalities accounted for only 13% of riders.

Complying with the California helmet law while riding a motorcycle can save your life in the event of a motorcycle accident. However, if you find that you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash as a result of the negligence of another the experienced Campbell motorcycle accident lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLPs will work to obtain just compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us at (800) 900-0863.