As bikers, we’re always raring to rev on the open road. And while having the wind in our hair might feel good, driving a motorcycle in the state without a helmet is just asking for trouble.
New Jersey helmet law stipulates that you and your passengers may not operate a motorcycle without wearing securely fitted protective helmets that are the right size and have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The helmet needs to be fitted with either a chin or neck strap and have reflectors on both sides.
Not only could driving without a helmet land you in hot water with the law, but failure to wear the right protective headgear also triples your chances of dying in a crash regardless of what speed you are traveling.
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Motorcycle Safety Tips
Safe driving habits can help lower your chances of being involved in an auto accident in the first place. Next time you’re on the road, try this:
- Stay visible. Dark leather jackets may make you feel like a road warrior, but bright colors will keep you alive.
- Maintain a safe following distance. Staying around two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you will prevent you from crashing in the event of a sudden stop.
- Avoid splitting lanes. Although lane-splitting might shave a few minutes off your commute, it increases the likelihood of being involved in a crash.
Learn More About New Jersey Helmet Law or Discuss Your Injury Claim
Have you or a family member been involved in a motorcycle accident? Personal injury attorney Brad Tabakin is a motorcycle enthusiast himself and has extensive knowledge of New Jersey motorcycle laws. He can review your case, structure your claim, and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call 887-333-0300 to schedule your free consultation.