Does my child’s failure to wear a bike helmet invalidate insurance claims from a car crash? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

No. The same North Carolina state law that mandates use of bike helmets by children who are 16 years old or younger also states that “no negligence or liability shall be assessed on or imputed to any party on account of a violation.”

This is important because a finding of contributory negligence in North Carolina makes it impossible for an accident victim to collect on personal injury insurance claims or to succeed with a civil lawsuit for compensation and damages.