Unfortunately, motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities happen more often than they should on our roadways, and those across the country.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and four times more likely to be injured.
According to the NHTSA, last year there were 5,574 motorcycle accident fatalities throughout the U.S. In Colorado alone, there were 140 motorcycle collision fatalities, including those involving 63 helmeted motorcyclists and 77 non-helmeted motorcyclists.
Here is what Colorado motorcyclists need to know about their rights to pursue the negligent driver who caused their crash for the damages they suffered — whether they were wearing a helmet or not.
What is the Motorcycle Cycle Helmet Law in Colorado?
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, riders aged 18 and over are not required to wear helmets. However, if the motorcycle operator or passengers are under age 18, they must wear DOT-approved helmets.
Can I Pursue a Motorcycle Accident and Injury Claim if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?
While most riders know that wearing a DOT-approved helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 69% and the risk of death by 42%, helmet usage declined from 71% to 68% nationwide over a single year.
In Colorado, eligible motorcyclists can decide for themselves whether they wear a helmet while riding.
When riders are injured by negligent drivers who were distracted, speeding, impaired, or simply not paying attention to their surroundings, the rider may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage whether they were wearing a helmet or not.
Simply stated, in Colorado, wearing a helmet — or the lack of one — does not impact a motorcyclist’s eligibility to file a personal injury claim for the damages he or she suffered.
The difference may be, the rider’s injuries could be more severe, which means their recovery needs will be more significant.
What are the Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries When the Rider Is Not Wearing a Helmet?
A recent study conducted by a neurosurgeon reported that riders who did not wear helmets had twice as many injuries to the neck, also known as the cervical spine, and were far more susceptible to Traumatic Brain Injuries, concussions, contusions, and penetration injuries to the head.
These life-changing injuries can require lengthy medical care and extended time away from work that injury victims should not be responsible for paying out of pocket. We can help determine your eligibility to file a personal injury claim during a free consultation.
Contact Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Denver, Colorado Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, or tragically lost a loved one who was riding with or without a helmet, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver who caused the crash.