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Bicycle Accidents

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers recognize the dangers bicyclists face on the road, especially from negligent motorists, which is why we are dedicated to protecting their rights in the event of a bike accident. If you have sustained considerable losses in a bicycle-car collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Consult with one of our dedicated legal team members to determine whether you have a valid claim against the driver who hit you. Our number is (609) 240-0040. We offer free, comprehensive consultations.

Riding a bicycle is not only a fun recreational activity, but also a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. More and more people are choosing to bike to and from work, school, and other locations because it saves money, is a form of exercise, and doesn't add to pollution. Many cities are responding to this increase in biking by creating bike lanes and making their roads more bike-friendly overall. This, unfortunately, has not significantly decreased the number of accidents between bicyclists and motorists, however.

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What are the Bicycle Laws in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, as well as most other states, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle and, therefore, bicyclists are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. They have an equal right to be on the road in addition to being required to obey the same traffic laws.

Bicyclists must also follow additional regulations specific to them, however. For example, according to Title 39 of the New Jersey Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations laws, "every person riding a bicycle on a roadway shall ride as near to the right roadside as practicable exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction."

Additionally, all bicycle riders and passengers under the age of 17 are required to wear a safety helmet that is properly fitted, fastened, and within the federal standards established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as per Title 39:4-10.1. This helmet requirement is waved if the bicycle is being operated on a roadway closed to motor vehicle traffic.

What are the Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

Some of the common ways in which New Jersey bicycle accidents occur include the following:

Contrary to popular belief, bicyclists are not at fault for the majority of bicycle accidents; in all actuality, drivers of regular motor vehicles are usually responsible for bicycle-car collisions.

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    What Every New Jersey Bicyclist Needs to Know
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  • Bicycle
    Accident FAQs
    Do bicyclists follow the same laws as motor vehicle drivers?
    bike chainUnder New Jersey bicycle law, if a person rides their bike on the road, then yes, they must follow all traffic laws that drivers of cars and other motor vehicles must follow, in addition to a few more specific to bicycle riding.
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    Bike Accident Statistics Every Rider Needs to Know
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  • Proud Sponsors of
    JORBA
    Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association
    JORBA logoJORBA is dedicated to serving off road cyclists as a member, of equal standing, within the trail user community.
  • Bike Accident
    Statistics
    23,000
    suffered more minor/non-
    incapacitating injuries;
    6,000
    suffered serious
    incapacitating injuries;
    22,000
    suffered other levels
    of injury;
    10,000
    were between 25
    and 34-years-old.
  • Bike Part
    Recalls
    Bicycle Parts Play Their Part
    bike chainA defective chain, seat post, handlebar stem or fork steerer tube can all potentially cause a rider to lose control of the bicycle and/or fall off. This poses a substantial safety risk when riding on roads that are also used by motor vehicles. A bike rider can be easily thrown or lose control of their bike into the path of a motor vehicle.
  • Bicycle
    Accident FAQs
    Do bicyclists follow the same laws as motor vehicle drivers?
    bike chainUnder New Jersey bicycle law, if a person rides their bike on the road, then yes, they must follow all traffic laws that drivers of cars and other motor vehicles must follow, in addition to a few more specific to bicycle riding.
  • What To Do After
    A Bike Accident
    The Most Important Step
    bike chainThere are many steps that must be taken (if possible) after a New Jersey bicycle accident, but the first and most important step is seeking medical attention. Whether this is immediate or not depends on the severity of the crash, but, it is, nonetheless, the most important step, even if you don't think you've suffered serious injuries.

In most cases, liability for a bicycle accident falls on other motorists who do not know how to share the road with bicyclists. A driver who violates traffic laws or is otherwise negligent or reckless puts everyone else on the road in danger and increases the risk of a serious injury accident. Should a negligent driver cause an injury bike crash, they may be held liable for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses suffered by the victim.

It is also possible for liability to fall onto the city, county, or state in the case of hazardous roadways. If a road has potholes, dangerous blind turns, severely narrow lanes, or even debris, the road poses a crash hazard. If the agency or department in charge of maintaining a roadway is negligent in its duties, then that agency may be held liable for the losses a bike accident victim may suffer.

Finally, if the accident was caused by a defective bike, or bike part, then the manufacturer may be held liable for their negligence.

Choosing a Bike Accident Attorney

Choosing the right New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer can make the difference between struggling with everyday life and having the financial security you need to make a full recovery while supporting your family.

Suffering a biking injury by the fault of another can be very overwhelming. This is not a simple situation of being clumsy and falling off your own bike. When a bicycle crash is caused by the negligence of another, whether it is a bike manufacturer, a motorist, or city, county, or state agency responsible for maintaining the road, many factors come into play and recovery becomes a much more complicated process. Insurance companies are rarely cooperative and try to avoid paying on legitimate claims, which can not only make getting the proper medical care difficult, but can also make the ability to support yourself and your family through day-to-day life challenging.

What to Look for in a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

You should never just pick any lawyer to represent you in your personal injury claim. There are many qualities that you should look for and many questions you must ask before determining that a certain attorney will give you the support you need. When choosing a personal injury lawyer, you should keep the following in mind:

1. Does the Attorney Charge for Their Services up Front, or Do They Work on a Contingency Basis?

Lawyers that work on contingency take no compensation for themselves unless the case is successful, which means that they will be completely dedicated to you and your claim. Attorneys who charge a fee regardless of how the case turns out typically do so because they are more concerned about their own payday rather than the outcome of their client's case.

2. Is the Attorney Local?

There are many big law firms out there boasting their prowess in handling cases all over the country; but this does not necessarily mean that they can give you the personal attention, open communication, and support you need. In addition, a big law firm may not have the necessary expertise in your state's personal injury laws. A local lawyer is not only more knowledgeable in the personal injury laws of their state, but can also give you the dedicated attention and direct communication you are entitled to.

Providing Reliable Legal Guidance

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our experienced NJ bicycle accident lawyers are dedicated to obtaining just compensation for bike accident victims and their families. If you have been injured in a bike accident, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options at (609) 240-0040.


Proud Members and Sponsors of:


Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA)


The League of American Bicyclists (LAB)

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I truly can not thank you enough for the hard work and dedication that you put into my personal injury case...you always hung in there with me and treated me with the utmost respect. The way you handled the defense attorney, insurance company representative and even the Judge, was masterful! You are one of a kind and I feel very fortunate to have had you on my side.

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