Do Motorcyclists Have to Wear Helmets in Missouri?

At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys know there is still some confusion about our Missouri helmet laws.

Before August 2020, Missouri had a universal motorcycle helmet law that required all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear a helmet while traveling on our state’s highways.

Effective August 28, 2020, Missouri Legislators change our state’s motorcycle helmet requirements. Now, motorcycle operators twenty-six years of age or older are not required to wear a helmet but are required to have proof of insurance coverage in the form of health insurance or another policy form, which will provide the person with medical benefits for injuries incurred because of an accident while operating or riding on a motorcycle.

The question becomes, if a rider is not wearing a helmet during a motorcycle crash in Missouri, does it impact their ability to file a personal injury claim?

We have answers.

How Does Not Wearing a Helmet Impact My Ability to File a Motorcycle Injury Claim in Missouri?

The answer is, it depends.

Since Missouri is a comparative negligence state, the insurance company may attempt to reduce your damages by stating you played a role in the severity of your injuries because you were not wearing a helmet.

Wearing a helmet can help safeguard your motorcycle accident injury claim, because it will show you did everything possible to protect yourself during a collision.

This reduces the risk that you will have your damages and settlement options reduced.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to severe injuries, including brain injuries that require a lifetime of care. It is important that you work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in St. Louis to ensure you have access to the compensation you need now and going forward.

To discuss how your helmet use might affect the compensation you can recover for your Missouri motorcycle accident, contact us today to learn how we can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue the at-fault party for your complete compensation needs.

Contact Our Skilled Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri Today

If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in a motorcycle accident in Missouri, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers in St. Louis at the Gogel Law Firm today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation.

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