New Jersey could become the first state in the US to require all adults to wear a helmet while cycling. The proposed law, Bill A4894, which is currently being considered by state lawmakers, would impose a fine of up to $25 on anyone caught cycling without a helmet.
As personal injury attorneys, our team at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. wholeheartedly supports this proposed law. Wearing a bike helmet is a simple and effective way to protect yourself from serious head injuries in the event of a bicycle accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85% and the risk of brain injury by up to 88%. These numbers clearly demonstrate the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling, especially because head injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability among bicyclists.
In addition to the potential fine, the proposed law would also require retailers to inform customers about the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling. This is a significant step toward increasing awareness about the importance of helmet use, and we hope that other states will follow suit and pass similar laws.
At Levinson Axelrod, we have seen the devastating effects of bicycle accidents firsthand. In many cases, lives could have been saved and catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, avoided had riders been wearing helmets at the time of their accidents. That's why we strongly encourage all bicyclists, regardless of age, to wear a helmet every time they ride. It's a small price to pay for the peace of mind and protection it provides.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, don't hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys at Levinson Axelrod. We can help you understand your legal rights and options, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Stay safe out there and remember: always wear a helmet while cycling!