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Bicyclist Injured in Long Valley Collision

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 16, 2013

New Jersey Bicycle AccidentA bicyclist was injured after a motorist who attempted to make a U-turn struck him. According to a news report in New Jersey Hills, the incident occurred when the 46-year-old driver who was headed south on Fairmount Road in Washington Township tried to make a U-turn.

Police say the man pulled off to the right shoulder and then swung a two lane turn to the left, striking the rider. Officials found the bicyclist conscious but injured and lying on the northbound shoulder of the roadway. The motorist was charged with careless driving and driving with a suspended license. The current condition of the bicyclist is not known.

Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. When a motorist is making a U-turn, he or she must make sure that a legal and safe U-turn can be made at that location. Motorists are also required to yield the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles and make the turn only when it is safe to do so. Unsafe U-turns are often the result of impaired, distracted, or inattentive driving.

Bicyclists who are injured as the result of someone else’s negligence can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will fight hard to protect their rights and ensure that they are fairly compensated for their losses.

The experienced Princeton bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of helping injured bicyclists and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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