Nevada’s motorcycle helmet law is a universal one, which means the law applies to anyone who operates or travels as a passenger on a motorcycle. While many parts of the United States only require those under 18 or 21 years of age to wear a helmet, in Nevada everyone has to. The Nevada Department of Public Safety states that anyone who is traveling on a highway on a motorcycle needs to wear a helmet that has been securely fastened, and a face shield, goggles, or protective glasses. All of this safety equipment needs to meet the minimum standards set out by the Department of Public Safety.
Operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when you are not wearing a helmet means you could receive a traffic citation. However, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the citation may be the least of your worries.
Let’s imagine you were riding a motorcycle and you were not wearing a helmet. While you were making your way up the highway a car hit you, and it is determined that the driver of the vehicle was at-fault for the accident. Now let’s imagine that you sustained a head injury in the accident, and you would like to claim compensation for your injuries.
You decide to take the driver to court and you file a personal injury claim. You think that because the other driver caused the accident you should receive a large settlement, however, this may not be the case at all. This is because Nevada’s uses a modified comparative negligence rule. This rule is brought into effect when the injured party is partly responsible for their injuries. In other words, your failure to wear a helmet means you were acting negligently, and it’s this negligence that will ensure you receive less compensation that you would have done otherwise.
Any compensation you would have received will now be reduced by your percentage of fault.
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