Nine Cyclists Killed in New Jersey Bike Crashes
The tragic death of Councilman Jerome A. Koch Jr. is the second bicycle fatality in Fair Haven and the ninth bike accident fatality in New Jersey this year. According to a news report in The Courier-Post, the councilman was killed at a time when officials in the borough are attempting to make the roads safer for bicyclists. As of November 25, 2014, seven towns have signed on to help create a network of bike lanes and two others support the idea. Many hope that the creation of more bike baths will help keep New Jersey cyclists safe.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were 726 cyclists killed in traffic accidents throughout the United States in the year 2012. That is a 16 percent increase from the 623 cyclists killed in the year 2010. In New Jersey, however, bicycle deaths may be decreasing slightly. There were 14 cyclists killed in New Jersey car accidents in 2013 and nine have been killed here thus far this year. The national increase is widely attributed to an increase in the number of bikes. It is unclear what led to the slight dip in New Jersey bike deaths.
As we enter the winter months here in New Jersey, it is especially important that riders use caution. It is not advisable to bike on icy, wet roadways. So check the weather before you ride. If you do choose to ride this winter, make sure your bike is in good condition and that you are wearing the proper, warm riding gear. You should also make sure to make eye contact with nearby drivers who may not expect to see riders out in this weather.
Please exercise caution whenever you ride and remember that you have rights if you are involved in a crash. Financial support is available for injured cyclists who are hurt by dangerous and negligent drivers. In the event of a fatal crash, compensation may be available for the victim’s family. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact the experienced New Jersey bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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