Oregon has what is known as a universal motorcycle helmet law. This law states that anyone operating a motorcycle or traveling as a passenger on one must wear a helmet.
Section 814.269 of Oregon’s Revised Statutes says that if you’re operating a motorcycle and you have a passenger, you must make sure that your passenger is wearing a helmet too. Section 814.280 of Oregon’s Revised Statutes states that the person operating the motorcycle is responsible for making sure the passenger is wearing a helmet. If the passenger does not wear a helmet, the operator could be in trouble for endangering the passenger. Violating these laws means the motorcycle operator has committed a Class D traffic violation.
If you were not wearing a motorcycle helmet and you were involved in a motorcycle accident you may have to deal with some financial consequences. This is the case if you decide to bring about a personal injury case against the at-fault driver.
This is because a civil jury in Oregon will find that you acted negligently. This negligence will mean you’re likely to receive a lot less compensation than you had hoped.
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