May is considered to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses this time of year to promote safe motorcycle travel throughout the country. As part of this initiative, the federal agency has released a number of reports related to the importance of wearing motorcycle helmets.
According to a 2008 report by the NHTSA, 5,174 motorcyclists were killed and about 96,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. In New Jersey alone, 78 motorcyclists were killed during that year, with only about 87 percent of them wearing helmets. Despite these fatality statistics, the NHTSA reports that a number of fatalities were avoided because of motorcycle helmet use. The agency estimates that motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 lives throughout the U.S. in 2008 and that at least 823 more could have been saved had more motorcyclists been wearing a helmet.
Motorcyclists in New Jersey are required to wear helmets. Under New Jersey Statute 39:3-76.7, “No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person.” All motorcycle helmets must have a neck or chin strap and they must have reflectors on both sides.
Unfortunately, a number of motorcycle accidents also occur due to negligent motorists. Injured victims of motorcycle accidents in New Jersey have it in their best interests to seek the counsel of an experienced lawyer who will fight hard to protect their rights. The Princeton motorcycle accident injury lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record helping injured motorcycle accident victims recover full and just compensation for all their injuries, damages, and losses. Call us at 609-240-0040 to schedule your free and comprehensive consultation today.