In Rhode Island, a motorcycle helmet must be worn by anyone is who less than 21 years old. Passengers have to wear a helmet at all times, no matter how old they are. In fact, section 31-10.1-6 of the Rhode Island Statutes insist that all passengers wear a helmet by law. This is the case even if the operator of the motorcycle does not have to wear one.
Any new motorcycle operator must wear a helmet for one year from the date they passed their Rhode Island motorcycle license. This is regardless of how old they are.
If you decide not to wear a helmet when you really should be and you’re involved in an accident, any personal injury case you decide to file could be affected. This is the case even if you were not the at-fault driver.
Your failure to wear a helmet could be seen as negligence, even if you were not required by law to wear one. If you make a personal injury claim in an attempt to gain compensation for head injuries sustained in the accident the amount you’ll receive could be less than you thought. This is because the state of Rhode Island is likely to determine that you shared some of the fault for your injuries. Therefore, your compensation could be reduced by the assigned percentage of fault.
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