Can I Sue If I’m Not Wearing My Helmet During My Motorcycle Accident?

Whether you’re driving a car or a motorcycle, you should contact a capable Illinois personal injury lawyer immediately following an accident — but what if you were riding a motorcycle without a helmet? While wearing a helmet may ultimately help you minimize or avoid injury, going without a helmet in Illinois will not prevent you from initiating a personal injury claim.

Does Illinois Have a Helmet Law?

Many states have laws requiring some or all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, but Illinois is one of three states — along with Iowa and New Hampshire — without such a requirement. For this reason, going without a helmet should not prevent you from being able to initiate a personal injury claim against a negligent driver following a collision.

It is important to note that, while riding in other states, you will be subject to that state’s laws — so if you are in a collision while not wearing a helmet in a state that requires a helmet, your ability to initiate a claim may be restricted, and you may be subject to other penalties.

Speak With an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer at Rubens and Kress

If you have been hurt following a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak with an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Rubens and Kress is a Chicago law firm with a track record of success in personal injury claims, and we charge no fee unless you collect. To schedule a free consultation, contact Rubens and Kress online, at 312-201-9640, or toll-free at 866-890-9640.