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New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Injured in Bicycle Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 6, 2014

New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno was injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident when she swerved to avoid a vehicle. According to an ABC 6 news report, the bicycle accident occurred in Sea Bright in Monmouth County. Officials say she had to stop suddenly to avoid a car when she fell from her bike. She was treated for a broken wrist and elbow at Jersey Shore Memorial Hospital. It is unclear if the driver’s actions contributed to the accident or if anyone will be cited for the collision.

New Jersey cyclists often have to perform sudden maneuvers to avoid a collision. It is all too common for drivers to turn in front of bike riders or to enter traffic from private driveways without yielding the right of way. When this happens, bike riders can get thrown from their bicycles onto the roadway. Such accidents can result in serious injuries such as bone fractures, sprains, strains, traumatic brain injuries and severe neck and back injuries.

If you are a driver, make sure you look both ways and check your blind spots for bicyclists before changing lanes, entering traffic or turning. It is important that bicyclists make eye contact with nearby motorists before entering the intersection. It is also advisable to wear bright clothing, use a bright headlamp, obey traffic control devices and use hand signals whenever you turn to let drivers know where you are going

If you are injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, protect your rights by:

  • Contacting the authorities
  • Remaining at the crash site
  • Gathering contact information from everyone who witnessed the crash
  • Taking photos of the vehicle, your bike, the crash site and your injuries
  • Seeking medical attention promptly
  • Researching your legal options

Drivers who fail to yield to bicyclists can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Injured New Jersey riders can seek monetary compensation for their pain and suffering, time away from work, medical bills and other related damages. An experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer will be able to advise injured victims regarding their legal rights and options.

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