When someone suffers an injury due to another party’s negligence, the victim reasonably assumes that the injuring party is responsible for the accident and resulting damages. But many states have comparative liability laws that take the victim’s liability into account and deduct compensation payments based on the amount of responsibility attributed to the injured person.
Helmet laws are one example of the effects of comparative liability. When helmet use is not required by law an injured person may not be held responsible for an accident. When helmet use is required, the injured person’s own negligence will play an important role in compensation determination.