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New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Laws

The laws and rules of the road that apply to motorcycle riders are identical to the laws that apply to all other motor vehicles, except that people desiring to operate a motorcycle must pass a motorcycle road test to demonstrate their competency and ability to operate a motorcycle. Other than that, all rules of the road apply to the motorcyclist, such as speed, yielding, stop signs, etc. More importantly, all of those rules apply to the cars, trucks and busses that share the roadways with bikers.

Motorcyclists are entitled to rely upon other drivers to follow the rules of the road and to respect all motorists sharing the roads of New Jersey. We understand that riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating way to get around all of New Jersey, but it can also be incredibly dangerous for motorcyclists when another driver fails to respect the rights of motorcyclists.

Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. for the most recent year reported. According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, there were about 2,200 motorcycle riders involved in collisions here in New Jersey for the most recent year reported. These accidents led to 69 fatalities.

Due to the dangerous nature of riding a motorcycle and the vulnerability of all motorcyclists, it is vital for motorcycle riders to protect themselves if they are injured. They can do making sure they have health insurance, disability income, and collision insurance to replace or pay off a damaged bike.  In New Jersey, motorcycle riders do not get the benefit of New Jersey’s No-Fault insurance benefits. These benefits include Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits that cover collision-related medical bills, income continuation benefits, and payment for essential services needed while recovering from their injuries.

Motorcycle Helmet Law in New Jersey

Wearing a helmet for both operators and passengers is required by law in the state of New Jersey (P.L. 39:3-76.7). All motorcycle riders must purchase and wear a U.S. Department of Transportation approved helmet. The helmet must be secure, fitted, and an appropriate size for the user. The helmet must also have a neck or chin strap and have reflectors on both sides. If you don’t wear a helmet while riding, you can be ticketed and fined.

In addition to helmet regulations, the state of New Jersey recommends that all motorcycle riders and their passengers use the following types of safety gear while riding:

  • Eye protection – Motorcycle riders should wear goggles or glasses or they should have a windshield to protect their eyes.
  • Jacket and pants – Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear fitted, sturdy clothing that is abrasion resistant, including jackets and pants.
  • Footwear – Motorcycle riders and passengers should wear sturdy, close-toed shoes or boots that rise above the ankle.
  • Gloves – All motorcyclists and their passengers are encouraged to wear fitted, full-fingered gloves.

Additional Motorcycle Safety Regulations in New Jersey

In addition to helmet safety laws, the state of New Jersey has also established other safety regulations to help protect motorcycle riders and their passengers on the road. NJ motorcycle laws include:

  • Motorcycle handlebars are not permitted to rise above the rider’s shoulders.
  • All motorcycles must be equipped with a rearview mirror.
  • Motorcycles must be compliant with all Federal Motor Safety Standards that were in effect at the time that the motorcycle was initially manufactured. All motorcycles must have a certification sticker that attests to the motorcycle’s compliance with federal standards. This certification must remain permanently affixed to the bike.
  • All motorcycles must have a working, approved muffler specifically designed for motorcycles.

Contact a New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer with a Proven Track Record of Winning Motorcycle Injury Cases

If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, contact one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon today. With over 40 years of experience and more than $500 million secured for our clients, we have the knowledge and resources to help you seek the compensation and positive outcome you deserve.

In 2020, partner Garry R. Salomon successfully resolved several motorcycle accident claims, including two settlements of $4.5 million and $5.75 million, respectively. Because of the compensation our clients deserved and received, both of them were able to move to Florida to enjoy the rest of their lives financially secure.

It should be noted, many factors determine the amount of money paid in a New Jersey motorcycle settlement. The most important variable is usually the amount of insurance coverage available to adequately compensate the injured rider and to pay their outstanding doctor and hospital bills.

We understand how stressful it can be to navigate the claims process while you are trying to recover from your injuries. We take some of that burden off your shoulders by gathering evidence on your behalf and negotiating a fair payout with the insurance company. We have more than 25 personal injury attorneys on our team who can provide ongoing advice and help support your case.

More importantly, if an insurance company fails to negotiate in good faith to pay you the money you deserve, one of our 16 experienced trial lawyers that have been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney will try your case before a jury who will decide what you deserve.

Contact our offices today for a free and confidential no-obligation consultation.