Rental Bike Accident Lawyers in New Jersey
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Were You Injured While Riding a Rental Bike? We Want to Help
Any accident involving a bicycle holds the potential for catastrophic injuries, as the rider has little protection to his or her body on impact. Hazards such as vehicles, debris, an obstruction on the road, or even imperfections such as potholes in the pavement can cause serious injury to a cyclist. And the stress created by any bike accident is increased when the bike is from a rental fleet. Sorting out the legal ramifications of a rental bike accident can be overwhelming even when the rider’s injuries are not serious, and life-threatening injuries can cause the issues to feel insurmountable.
After any rental bike accident, it is a good idea to contact an experienced NJ bike accident attorney. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we are not only personal injury lawyers, we’re riders ourselves. Call (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation and enjoy all of the benefits of a big firm while receiving the personal attention and service of a small firm.
Know Your Responsibilities in New Jersey
As a cyclist, you are responsible for following all of the traffic laws that other vehicles on the road must follow. In addition, there are certain laws that only pertain to cyclists, such as the requirement to ride near the right roadside whenever possible. Riders and passengers under the age of 17 are required to wear a safety helmet that conforms to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations.
The Rental Company’s Responsibility
When you own a bicycle, it is your responsibility to maintain the bike in safe working order, just as you would a motor vehicle. But when you are renting a bicycle, it is the rental company’s responsibility to maintain the bike in a safe manner. This includes proper inflation of the tires, servicing the chain, inspecting the brakes and steering, as well as reviewing the safety and structure of the bike frame each time it is rented and returned.
Know Your Insurance Coverage
As a bicyclist, your car insurance may also protect you in the event of a rental bike accident. In many cases, the policy not only provides coverage when you hit someone, but also when someone else hits you by providing uninsured and underinsured coverage. In addition, your policy could include medical payment coverage, which would assist you in paying your medical bills.
An attorney can review any vehicle insurance that you have to determine if your insurance provides benefits should you find yourself in a rental bike accident.
Know Your Rights in NJ
Filling a claim against your own insurance should always be a last resort. Whenever possible, you will want to file a claim against the at-fault driver who caused your accident. But it is not always as simple as making a call to begin the claims process.
The legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., can work in your favor to greatly reduce the stress your family is under. While you focus on recovering, we can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, cost of the replacing the bike or paying the rental company, and any other expenses that you incur as a result of your rental bike accident.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we are intimately familiar with bicycle laws in New Jersey, as many of our staff members are avid cyclists. If you or a family member has been injured in a rental bike accident, we will work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve. And with our No Win, No Fee promise, you never need to worry about upfront payments for our legal services. Working on contingency allows us to provide top-quality legal services to anyone who needs assistance, regardless of their ability to pay. We only get paid when we win a settlement for you. Call today at (609) 240-0040 to schedule your free consultation.
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