Mississippi has a universal motorcycle helmet law that states anyone who is operating or traveling as a passenger on a motorcycle has to wear a helmet. In fact, section 63-7-64 says that no-one should ride on a highway or public road unless they are wearing a helmet that complies with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s minimum guidelines.
If you ride a motorcycle and you do not wear a helmet, you will be in violation of Mississippi’s helmet law. If you are involved in an accident while you are not wearing a helmet, any personal injury claim you bring about could be harmed. This is because the comparative fault rule is used in Mississippi. This rule states that anyone who has acted negligently in an accident will have their compensation affected.
What this means is that if you make a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver, you could lose some of the compensation you would have otherwise received. This is because the court will find you slightly negligent for not wearing a helmet. The court will then decide upon your percentage of blame for any head injuries you suffered from. If, for example, the court finds you 25% responsible for your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by 25%.
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