NJ DOT Bicycle Safety Tips — Wearing Helmets and Staying Visible

Courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the following advice is offered to keep New Jersey bicyclists safe while they enjoy the ride.

Helmets

Each year, approximately 1,000 bicyclists lose their lives in the U.S. due to bicycle accidents. Eighty percent of those deaths are the result of head/brain trauma. Every bicyclist should own and use a bicycle helmet. The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein offer the following tips regarding bicycle helmet use and staying visible:

  • All bicycle helmets should bear a sticker indicating approval by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Snell Memorial Foundation, or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These stickers show helmets have met established safety standards.
  • Helmets should be lined with firm Styrofoam.
  • Helmets’ fit should be snug. The helmet should not shift from side to side on the bicyclist’s head.
  • Wear only helmets that have been specifically designed for riding bicycles.
  • All bicycle helmets should consist of outer shell, liner to absorb impact, comfort liner, cooling vents for comfort, strong chin straps made of nylon, and a secure helmet buckle.


Visibility

  • Wear light colors, such as white, or wear fluorescent green or orange during the daytime.
  • Use an audible device such as a horn or a bell.
  • At night wear reflective material or clothing.
  • Add reflectors to bike pedals.
  • Use a headlight and a tail light flasher.
  • Use a leg lamp displaying white to the front and red to the rear. These small battery-powered lights are strapped to the leg just below the knee.

The New Jersey bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know the importance of helmet use and staying visible as you ride your bicycle. We want you to do all you can to avoid devastating injuries that are the result of bicycle accidents. If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident that was the fault of another, call us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss the details of your case without cost.