Answers to Your New Jersey Bicycle Accident Questions
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What you thought was going to be just another bike ride turned out to be much more than that. You were involved in a bad bicycle accident and have suffered costly injuries among other damages. The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can make things right by helping you with your injury lawsuit against the liable party. With our legal assistance, you may receive compensation for past and future medical treatment, property damage and even pain and suffering.
The insurance company may offer you a settlement deal, claiming it is fair. However, chances are you are being offered much less than you deserve. Our renowned legal firm regularly nets large settlements in personal injury cases. To learn more about what we can do for you, please call (609) 240-0040. You may also chat directly with one of our associates or send us an online contact form.
Under 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. For example, bicyclists must always ride as far to the right side of the road as is safe and practical and may only move to the left under certain circumstances. In addition, bicyclists must follow the state's helmet law, which requires all riders under 17-years-old to wear a helmet.
Most often, bicycle accidents are caused by drivers of motor vehicles, who are distracted, inattentive, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or otherwise negligent or reckless. Many of these drivers do not know how to share the road with bicyclists or are unaware that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to the road as they do.
Other causes of bike accidents include hazardous roadways that are poorly maintained or designed, or have fallen into disrepair, as well as defective bicycle parts.
A "dooring" accident occurs when the driver of a parked car opens their door into the path of an oncoming bicyclist, who then crashes into the door. Many drivers negligently forget the fact that bicyclists ride on the right side of the road, either in a bike lane, or not, making it very important to check before opening a car door. "Dooring" accidents can cause serious injuries.
Bicycle accidents typically involve either a direct collision with a motor vehicle or a fall, usually the result of a bike defect or dangerous roadway conditions. In either case, a bicyclist may suffer a wide range of injuries, including bumps, scrapes, and bruises for more minor accidents to head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone dislocations, and bone fractures for more serious accidents. These can result in exorbitant medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, emotional distress, and even permanent disability. The likelihood of severe disabling injuries or even death is very high for bicyclists.
Generally, if your accident injuries were caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, you have the right to sue in civil court. An experienced attorney can examine the details of your accident and help you understand your legal rights and options.
Liability for a bicycle accident is determined by what caused the crash. If a distracted driver caused the accident, then the driver may be held liable; if it was a bicycle defect, then the bicycle or bicycle part manufacturer may be held liable; and in the case of hazardous road conditions, the city, county, or state agency responsible for those roadways may be held liable.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by another's negligence, you can pursue compensation for economic and non-economic losses and damages, including: medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and lower quality of life. In the case of a fatal crash, the family of the wrongful death victim may also pursue compensation for funeral costs, loss of future income, and loss of companionship.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our knowledgeable New Jersey bike accident attorneys are committed to obtaining maximum financial compensation for our clients so that they may have the help they need for their recovery and the support of their family. To discuss your particular case with one of our lawyers, contact us today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.
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