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Loud Bicycle Horn Could Help Prevent New Jersey Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 18, 2013

It is common for drivers to not realize that a bicyclist is nearby until it is too late. This is why bicyclists are often encouraged to wear bright clothing and to use a headlamp in order to increase their visibility. In the future, bicyclists may also consider purchasing bike horns that are as loud as car horns.

According to a news report in Wired Magazine, a New Jersey engineer is working with a Boston cyclist to create the Loud Bicycle Horn. This horn is unique in that it has two tones that are played together. This type of sound garners more attention and passes more effectively through closed car windows. The report does not specify when this product will be available to New Jersey cyclists, but it is clear that this horn will be more effective than trying to yell at a speeding driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 716 bicyclists who were killed in the United States in the year 2008 accounted for two percent of all traffic-related fatalities that year. In New Jersey, 20 of the 590 traffic fatalities that occurred in the year 2008 involved bicyclists.

Bicyclists can help prevent collisions by increasing their visibility and by practicing safe riding habits. New Jersey cyclists should remember to obey New Jersey bicycle law by riding with traffic and by riding as near to the right side of the road as reasonably possible. Riders should also make sure that they use a front headlamp that emits a white light, a rear lamp with a red light, and reflectors.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, financial compensation may be available for your considerable losses. At-fault drivers can be held accountable for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. The experienced bicyclist injury lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein offer free consultations to all injured cyclists at (609) 240-0040. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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