What are New Jersey’s Helmet Laws When Riding a Motorcycle?


While motorcycles can be a fun and exciting means of transportation, it is important to remember that they are also very dangerous vehicles. Unlike other vehicles, they offer their riders no protection from outside threats on the road, such as other negligent drivers. It is because of this that when an accident takes place, it can cause severe injuries as a result. That is why all motorcycle riders should wear protective gear, such as a helmet. Continue reading below to learn about New Jersey’s helmet laws and contact a personal injury attorney if you were injured due to negligence.

What are New Jersey’s Helmet Laws?

New Jersey requires all motorcycle drivers as well as their passengers to wear a helmet while riding. The helmet must meet all safety standards that New Jersey’s Director of Motor Vehicles set. This means it must either have a neck or chin strap as well as reflectors on both sides. In addition to this, all individuals driving a motorcycle must wear protective eyewear. 

What are Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

It is important for motorcycle drivers, like all other drivers, to protect themselves in any way that they can. This includes wearing a helmet. This is because there are a variety of different ways that motorcycle accidents can take place, such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Defective motorcycle parts
  • Poor weather

How do I Recover Compensation?

When a person is injured in a motorcycle accident due to negligence, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for the damages. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim. In doing so, they are required to prove negligence took place and was the direct cause of their injuries. Evidence that can be used to support a claim can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the scene, and eye-witnesses to the incident. If successful, they may be able to recover compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical care
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of current and future wages
  • Funeral expenses in the event of wrongful deaths

Contact our Firm

If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an automobile accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!

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