North Carolina’s motorcycle helmet law states that anyone who is operating a motorcycle or riding on it as a passenger needs to wear a helmet. This is irrespective of the individual’s age or their riding experience.
The law also goes on to say that no motorcycle should be operated on a public vehicular area or highway unless the operator and the passenger are wearing a helmet. The helmet must also be secured properly using a retention strap. The law also states that the helmet must comply with federal safety standards.
For more information about North Carolina’s motorcycle helmet law, please read section 20-140.4 of North Carolina General Statutes’.
If you fail to wear a motorcycle helmet in North Carolina you will be issued an infraction and you will have to pay a fine. At the time of writing the fine is $25.50 plus costs.
If you are injured in an accident and you’re not wearing a motorcycle helmet, any personal injury claim you bring about will be affected in just about any state. However, this is not the case in North Carolina. This is because the legislature states that violation of the helmet law will not be considered as negligence. Neither will the violation result in contributory negligence in civil cases.
What this basically means is that even though you failed to wear a helmet, you will not lose any compensation as the courts will not determine that you acted negligently.
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