Young Man Killed in New Jersey Bicycle Accident
A 21-year-old California man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when a 1997 Ford Expedition SUV struck his bicycle. According to an NJ.com news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on Route 22 at Station Road in Branchburg. Officials say the 43-year-old driver of the SUV was traveling east when he struck the bicycle. The rider sustained critical injuries and died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation.
This tragic bicycle accident occurred in the morning about one hour before sunrise. It is especially important for drivers and bicyclists to use caution when on the roadway in the dark. Motorists must remain attentive and watch out for riders and bicyclists must make efforts to increase their visibility.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 33,561 traffic fatalities in 2012 including 726 bicyclists nationwide and 14 bike riders in New Jersey. Bike riders made up about 2.2 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States and 2.4 percent of traffic deaths in New Jersey. Approximately 7 percent of all fatal bike accidents that year occurred between midnight and 3:59 a.m. and 12 percent occurred between 4 a.m. and 7:59 a.m.
It is advisable for all bike riders who are on the road in the dark to increase their visibility by:
- Wearing fluorescent and brightly-colored clothing
- Installing a front light that emits and bright white light
- Installing a rear red reflector or a flashing rear light
- Using retro-reflective tap on pedals and clothing
If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey bicycle accident, make sure you research your legal rights and options. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for losses such as funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of companionship, lost future wages and other related damages. An experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer can help protect the rights of injured victims and their families and hold the at-fault parties accountable.
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