New Jersey Bike Accident Lawyers Discuss Road Rash
Road Rash Injuries & Serious Skin Abrasions
Whether you’re rolling around the storied campus of Princeton University or cruising through the Pine Barrens, bicycling is a pleasant, healthy, and economical activity during New Jersey’s spring, summer, and fall. But with over six and a half million registered cars, trucks, and motorcycles on the roads of The Garden State, New Jersey can also be a dangerous place for cyclists.
If you have been in a bicycle accident and have suffered an injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the party liable for your accident. To find out if you have a viable case and to learn more about your legal rights and options, it is important that you contact a reliable NJ bike accident lawyer. The legal team at Princeton’s Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can answer any questions you may have and provide you with experienced representation throughout every phase of your claim. Our attorneys take the rights of cyclists seriously. In fact, partner David E. Silverstein (pictured right) is an avid bicyclist. Call (609) 240-0040 today for a free consultation.
What Are Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
There are four main causes of bicycle accidents:
- Bicyclist being hit by a car or other motor vehicle
- Bicyclist colliding with another bicyclist or a pedestrian
- Poor road conditions
- Defective bicycle or bicycle part
When there is a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, pedestrian, or another cyclist, the party at fault for the accident can be held liable. If poor road conditions (such pot holes and cracks in pavement) cause a bicycle accident, the entity in charge of maintaining that roadway may be held liable for the accident. In the case of a defective bicycle or bicycle part causing an accident, the designer, manufacturer, and or seller can be held liable.
Road Rash Injuries
While concussions, broken bones, cuts, and bruises are commonly the result of bicycle accidents, one of the most painful and life altering injuries a cyclist can suffer is road rash. Road rash is a colloquial term for describing the injuries, and the resulting scars that occur when skin makes contact with a road surface. This often results in scraping away the skin and debris, like gravel becoming embedded in the skin. This type of injury causes severe pain and bleeding, and can take a long time to heal. Even after the wound has healed, it can leave permanent scarring that lasts a lifetime and may require future skin grafts and plastic surgery. Scarring and disfigurement injuries can impact a person in many ways including; hurting their self confidence, ability to land a job, and their ability to be successful in social situations, such as dating.
Compensation for Road Rash Injuries
If you have suffered road rash from a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following damages, and more:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of joy of life
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Lost wages
To get a settlement worthy of your injuries, you will need a trusted NJ personal injury attorneys. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has been successfully representing injury victims throughout New Jersey for over 20 years and will put their knowledge and experience to work on your claim. Call (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation. New Jersey has many great places to bicycle, and we at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. wish you safe and happy riding.
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