Q: Is there a bike helmet rule in DC? I hit a person, but they weren't wearing a helmet.
A: Not wearing a helmet will not absolve a person from liability for their negligence for hitting that person, nor will it be allowed to be used as an argument to limit the biker’s injuries and right to recover. Same rule applies to not wearing a seat belt. As a safety requirement, the legislative enactment was intended to promote safety, not restrict or limit the right of an injured party to recover damages against a negligent party.
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