When school ends for the summer, it’s natural to see more children out and about enjoying the weather and their freedom. This usually means an increase in the number of bicycles on New Jersey roads. Because of this, it’s crucial for drivers and kids to be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution to prevent bike accidents. It’s also vital for parents to address proper bicycle safety practices with their kids. Read the rest »
Spring has sprung and we’ve said goodbye to the harsh New Jersey winter. This change in the weather has happened just in time for National Bike to Work Week, May 15th through the 19th. Bike to Work Week is part of National Bike Month and it culminates with National Bike to Work Day on Friday of this week (the 19th). Read the rest »
As avid bicyclists, the attorneys at New Jersey’s Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., are excited that May is National Bike Month. National Bike Month was established in 1956 and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, both to the rider and the environment. This year’s events include Bike to Work Week, May 14th through the 18th; Bike to School Day, May 9th; and Bike to Work Day, May 18th. Read the rest »
Cycling is a growing activity in communities across America, and New Jersey is no exception. But whereas cities in southern locales have pleasant biking weather year round, cyclists in New Jersey are faced with hazardous conditions during the winter months that make biking a dangerous proposition.
Bicycle accidents are an unfortunate occurrence in the New Jersey area. Thankfully, New Jersey has laws in place to protect cyclists who are victims of accidents. When an accident occurs, it is imperative that proper steps be taken to protect the health and rights of the victim. Though most bicycle accidents are minor, some have devastating consequences. Read the rest »
Even with all their helmets and protective gear, bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable riders on the road. No matter the size of the vehicle, if a bike gets into an accident with a motor vehicle, they are much more likely to be injured than the driver of the vehicle. And those injuries almost always include at least one broken bone, which can leave the driver immobile and unable to work or carry on daily activities for weeks, or even months. The most common broken bone injuries suffered in New Jersey bike accidents are: Read the rest »
With regard to bicyclists and helmets, the law in the State of New Jersey states the following quite clearly: All riders under the age of 17 must wear a helmet.
The “helmet law,” as it is known, was formerly applicable to cyclists under 14 years of age, but in 2006, the law was updated to apply to all cyclists under 17. This law comes into focus quite often in New Jersey and violation of the law comes with a price tag: $25 for a first offense. A second offense can possibly result in a fine as high as $100. Read the rest »
Fall is upon us here in New Jersey. Soon, we will get to enjoy fall colors on our roadways. Of course, with the burst of color come shorter days and colder nights. Riding your bike in the fall time is not the same as riding in the summer. The dark hours are more dangerous and the weather can impact roadway conditions leading to more bike accidents. Make sure you are ready to safely ride before you hit the road. Read the rest »
Many lights designed for bicycles give bicyclists the option to set the light to “steady” or “flash” mode. This means that bicyclists riding at night must make a choice: will flash mode help them stay safer on the road, or will steady mode?
Studies of bicycle light visibility indicate that the question isn’t an easy one to answer. For instance, a 2001 study of rear lighting used on maintenance vehicles found that while flashing lights made it easier for drivers to see the maintenance vehicle from a distance at night, the flashing lights actually made it more difficult for drivers to track and avoid hitting maintenance vehicles parked on the side of the road. Although the steady lights meant drivers didn’t see the vehicle as quickly, the steady lights also made it easier for drivers to give the vehicle sufficient space as they passed it. Read the rest »
The legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has seen the traumatic and, in most cases, preventable aftermath of bicycle accidents in New Jersey, and that is why we take bicycle safety and advocacy so seriously. In addition to providing exceptional legal representation for injured cyclists, our firm has joined with The League of American Bicyclists and the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association to help protect and improve bicyclists’ rights.
As corporate members of The League of American Bicyclists, we help support the organization’s invaluable programs, such as Bicycle Friendly America and Smart Cycling, which work to improve bicycling conditions and safety throughout the country.
Since 1880, the League has been a tireless advocate for bicycle-friendly policies at the local, state, and federal level and a source of education for millions. Read the rest »
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