One of the most devastating and life-changing injuries you can suffer in a motorcycle accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). One way to help prevent a brain injury in New Jersey is to wear a helmet. To help encourage helmet use, New Jersey has helmet laws in place for both motorcyclists and bicyclists.
New Jersey Title 39:4-10.1 requires every bicyclist under the age of 17 to wear a safety helmet while riding. On August 1, 1998, skateboarders and skaters were included under the law as well. Additionally, not just any helmet is sufficient. Helmets must meet the federal safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Both motorcycle and bicycle helmets must fit snugly and they must be strapped on at all times.
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 and of a type approved by the director. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides thereof.”
Serious head and brain injuries can be suffered even when a motorcyclist or a bicyclist is wearing a proper helmet. Injured victims may pursue financial compensation for the injuries they have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Damages that may be covered include medical expenses, past and future suffering, and time away from work.
The experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of getting our clients the compensation they need and rightfully deserve following an accident caused by another person’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident in New Jersey, please call us at 609-240-0040 to find out how we can help.