Under New Jersey law, bicyclists under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet. However, all riders would be well advised to wear a helmet because head injury is the most common cause of death among bicyclists. While helmets cannot prevent all fatal bicycle accidents, they can greatly reduce the severity of the head trauma that is often sustained in a collision.
According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 people are treated in emergency departments and more than 700 are killed each year in bicycle accidents. A report by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety reported that 95 percent of the bicyclists killed in 2006 were not wearing helmets and that the most serious injuries suffered by bicyclists involved head injuries.
Any time a bicyclist sustains a bump or blow to the head, a traumatic brain injury can occur. The victim does not have to lose consciousness to have sustained mild brain trauma that can have long-lasting consequences. Anyone who has a headache, who is feeling nauseous, or who feels confused after a bicycle accident should seek out immediate medical attention.
Striking one’s head against the roadway or a vehicle can cause devastating trauma that may result in permanent disabilities. Financial compensation is available for these significant losses when the driver involved in the crash was negligent at the time of the collision. Anyone who has been injured by a careless or reckless driver should speak with a skilled attorney who has a history of getting clients fair compensation for their suffering.
The reputed Princeton bicycle accident brain injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a successful track record of helping injured victims and their families hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bike crash, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation.