Legal Representation for Cyclists Thrown off Bikes over Handlebars in New Jersey
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What to Do If You've Been Thrown Over Your Handlebars in a Bike Accident
New Jersey bicycle riders are vulnerable to suffering serious injuries in many different ways. Bikes are smaller and harder to see for motor vehicle drivers than other cars, trucks, or motorcycles. Bikes aren’t equipped with the same steel frame to protect riders in case of an accident. Bike riders also don’t have the same restraint systems that cars have, like seatbelts and airbags. This means that in situations where a bicyclist strikes a vehicle or a stationary object, riders often suffer injuries by being thrown off their bike over the handlebars. Whenever a rider is thrown over the handlebars, serious injuries and fatalities are possible.
Despite how experienced and safe a bicycle rider you are, these accidents can and will happen. If your accident was caused by the negligent or dangerous actions of another party - like a driver who stopped without warning in front of you or a car pulling out of a driveway without looking for on-coming traffic - you may be able to pursue compensation for your injury damages and losses.
But, what kind of compensation?
Depending on how serious your injuries are and the level of negligence on the part of the at-fault party responsible for your accident, you may be able to pursue damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other expenses. If you’ve suffered injuries from being thrown over your bicycle’s handlebars, you need to speak with a dedicated New Jersey bike accident injury attorney about filing a personal injury claim.
To pursue a personal injury claim for suffering injuries during an accident where you were thrown over your bicycle’s handlebars, you need to speak with a dedicated attorney. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help. Contact us today to find out how we can be there for you and your family during this difficult time. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can be reached at (609) 240-0040.
What Is a 'Thrown Off Bike Over Handlebars' Accident?
Many different types of bicycle accidents will cause a rider to be thrown over the bike’s handlebars. Accidents that commonly cause a rider to be thrown over the handlebars include cars turning in front of bikes, cars stopping without warning in front of bikes, and dooring accidents caused by car passengers opening car doors without checking for on-coming traffic. In these situations, bikers only have a fraction of a second to react. In most instances, when a rider notices trouble, it is already too late. Biker riders thrown over the handlebars in an accident are extremely vulnerable to suffering serious, and even catastrophic, injuries.
Driver Behaviors that Lead to Bike Accidents
There are a number of possible negligent or dangerous behaviors drivers may engage in that can lead to serious bicycle accidents. Here are some of the more common causes of serious and even catastrophic bicycle accident injuries in New Jersey:
- Distracted driving (especially texting or using a cell phone while driving)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while emotionally compromised
Compensation Available After Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey
Bike collisions that send riders over the handlebars are especially dangerous. While every case is different because of the causes that led to the accident, here are the common damages and losses your personal injury claim may cover:
- Current and future medical bills
- Cost of physical therapy
- Current and future lost wages from missed work
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Bicycle Accident Wrongful Death Damages
Unfortunately, some over the handle bicycle accidents are more serious than others. In the tragic case of losing a loved one in a fatal bike accident in NJ, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. may help you pursue financial compensation for the following:
- Medical bills of the deceased before they died
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (like medical benefits or retirement benefits)
- Lost companionship, love, affection, guidance, etc.
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of household duties the deceased person performed (like household chores, childcare, vehicle maintenance, property maintenance, etc.)
Why You Need a New Jersey Bicycle Accident Injury Attorney If You've Been Hurt
While you may be eligible to pursue compensation for all the items mentioned above, that doesn’t mean the at-fault party and their insurance company is just going to write you a check for your damages and losses. Insurance companies are well-known for offering lower settlements or rejecting personal injury claims altogether. The New Jersey bike accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help keep this from happening to you and your family. Contact us today at (609) 240-0040.
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