Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-10.1, all bicycle riders under the age of 17 must wear a helmet at all times, but adult riders should also wear a properly fitted helmet whenever they ride, even though they are not obligated by the law. Do bicycle helmets prevent all possible head injuries? No. They can, however, significantly increase your chances of surviving a New Jersey bicycle accident and help prevent catastrophic head injuries.
If helmets are not a guarantee against injuries, why should you wear one? The answer is simple. New Jersey bicycle accidents happen everyday and your chances of surviving a collision are greatly increased if you are wearing a helmet.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 91 percent of all bicyclists who were killed in the year 2009 were not wearing helmets. Of the 628 cyclists who were killed that year, 573 did not have a helmet on. Also, eight percent of the bike riders who were killed that year were fatally injured while wearing a helmet. It is unclear how many of them sustained fatal head injuries and how many sustained internal injuries. The odds are certainly in favor of those who choose to protect their head. Some of the injuries among helmeted bicyclists occur because the impact was too powerful or because the helmet was not worn properly. In some cases, the helmet may not fit properly or the straps may not have been tightly secured.
If you have suffered brain trauma or other serious injuries in a New Jersey bicycle accident, it is important that you protect your legal rights and options by speaking with an experienced lawyer. Financial compensation may be available for your significant losses. The experienced New Jersey bike crash brain injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping injured bicyclists. We provide free consultations on all potential claims at (609) 240-0040.