SB 202 Modifies the law regarding the operation of a motorcycle, namely the assignment of fault for the operator's normal operation of such vehicle and the ability to forego wearing headgear while operating it
Sponsor: Schaefer
LR Number: 1073S.03T Fiscal Note: 1073-03
Committee: Small Business, Insurance and Industry
Last Action: 9/16/2009 - No Motion made to override Governor's veto Journal Page: S10 / H28
Title: SCS SB 202 Calendar Position: 5
Effective Date: August 28, 2009
House Handler: Dusenberg

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SCS/SB 202 - This act provides that operating a motorcycle, in and of itself, shall not be considered evidence of comparative negligence. The act also provides that when investigating an accident or settling an automobile insurance policy claim, no insurer, agent, producer, or claims adjuster of an insurer shall assign a percentage of fault to a party based upon the sole fact that the party was operating a motorcycle in an otherwise legal manner. This provision is similar to SB 505 (2007).

This act also exempts persons 21 years of age or older from wearing protective headgear except when operating or riding motorcycles or motortricycles upon interstate highways. The motorcycle helmet exemption expires on August 28, 2014 (Section 302.020).

This act is substantially similar to SB 1067 (2008), SB 252 (2007), SB 635 (2006), SB 12 (2005), SB 744 (2004), SB 226 (2003), SB 646 (2002), SB 18 (2001), SB 610 (2000) and SB 294 (1999).

STEPHEN JOHN WITTE