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I understand the Virginia motorcycle helmet law, but I wasn’t wearing one at the time of my Warrenton motorcycle accident. What does that mean for me? Should I still contact a Warrenton motorcycle accident lawyer?

Our Warrenton motorcycle accident attorneys understand your question, we are sorry to hear of your injury, and we encourage you to contact us to learn more about your possible recovery.

Virginia law does require that motorcycle drivers and passengers wear protective head gear, or helmets. An insurance company may try to use this law against you if you did not wear a helmet at the time of your accident. Your failure to wear a helmet may be evidence of your own negligence and may negatively impact your potential recovery. Thus, if you suffer a head injury or other type of injury that could’ve been prevented had you been wearing a helmet, you may not be entitled to recover damages.

However, not all Virginia motorcycle accident injuries are head injuries, and helmets cannot protect against all types of injuries. For example, a helmet may not have protected you if you suffered an injury to your lower spinal cord that left you paralyzed, if you broke your arm, or if your leg had to be amputated when it was crushed under the weight of your bike. In cases such as these, you may be entitled to relief even if you did not wear a helmet at the time of your crash.

For more information, please contact our experienced Warrenton personal injury attorneys at 540-341-0007 or 888-907-2631.

Richard A. Dulaney
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Richard has over 30 years of experience in personal injury law.