Missouri has what is known as a universal motorcycle helmet law, the same law that is found in approximately 20 other states. This law says that anyone operating a motorcycle or traveling as a passenger on one is required to wear a motorcycle helmet.
Section 302.020 of the Missouri Revised Statutes says that anyone who is operating a motorcycle or traveling as a passenger on one on any highway within the state needs to wear a helmet at all times. The statute also goes on to say that the helmet should meet the Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue’s specifications and standards.
If you fail to wear a motorcycle helmet you will be cited and you will be fined up to $25, however, no points will be given against your driver’s record. However, if you are injured in a traffic accident when you were not wearing a helmet, you may find you have other issues to contend with.
Let’s say you were not wearing a helmet, and you were injured in an accident that was another person’s fault. You decide that you would like to make a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver and try to receive some compensation for the head injuries you sustained. Unfortunately, your claim may not be as successful as you’d have hoped. This is because you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The fact that you were not wearing a helmet means you were negligent. Your negligence will affect any compensation you receive.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and you were not wearing a helmet, please speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
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