Understanding State Motorcycle Helmet Laws
As of January 1, 2008, North Carolina helmet laws were changed to require any person who was operating or riding on a motorcycle or moped to wear a safety helmet that is in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Violations of the law call for penalties that include the payment of a fine and numerous court costs.
According to a helmet law notice posted on the North Carolina Department of Transportation web site, legal motorcycle helmets are required to meet the following criteria:
- Thick Inner Liner: FMVSS 218 compliant motorcycle safety helmets will have a firm inner liner of polystyrene foam that is about one inch thick. In some helmets this may covered by a comfort liner, but you can feel the thickness. Non-compliant helmets normally contain no liner or a thin soft foam padding.
- DOT Sticker: Compliant motorcycle safety helmets will have the symbol "DOT" permanently installed by the manufacturer on the back of the helmet. Some "novelty type" helmets are supplied with a separate "DOT" sticker or one can be purchased separately and placed on the helmet by the motorcyclists. This does not make this a compliant helmet.
- Manufacturer's Label: Each compliant motorcycle safety helmet will have a permanently attached label either sewn or glued in the interior of the helmet by the manufacturer that has the manufacturers name or identification, precise model, size, month and year of manufacture, type of shell and liner construction materials and an instruction label for cleaning and care of the helmet.
- NOVELTY TYPE HELMETS ARE NOT COMPLIANT WITH (FMVSS 218)
Strong Representation for Injury Victims
While helmets help to limit the severity of head and brain injuries, there are many other types of injuries that can happen to victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious motorcycle accident, it is important that you contact a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd, P.A., we commit ourselves to securing the maximum level of compensation available for your case.
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Contact our office today to discuss your case with Mr. Byrd. We offer a free case review where you can get your initial questions answered and learn more about your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 910-323-2555 or send us an e-mail to schedule a consultation. All motorcycle injury cases we accept are handled on a contingency fee basis, so you won't pay any attorneys' fees unless we secure compensation for you.