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Monroe Bicyclist Critically Injured in Bus Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 18, 2014

A 27-year-old Monroe man is fighting for his life after a bus struck his bicycle. According to a news report on MyCentralJersey.com, the bus accident occurred on Erickson Avenue near the border of Monroe and Spotswood. Officials say the bicyclist made contact with the mid-section of the passenger side of a mini-bus that was transporting four special-needs children. He required surgery and has been listed in stable condition with a serious head injury.

Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. Sharing the road can be challenging and frustrating, but traffic laws must be obeyed to prevent accidents.

Here are a few “share the road” tips for drivers:

  • Keep an eye out for bicyclists. Make sure you check the roadway and your mirrors from time to time for bicyclists who may have pulled up alongside you.
  • Respect cyclists on the roadway. Cyclists should try to ride to the right side of the lane, but they can legally ride in the middle if they wish. If you see a bicyclist in the middle of a lane, it may be because there is broken glass, debris, or other hazardous conditions near the shoulder.
  • Give bicyclists some room. If you choose to pass a bike rider, make sure you leave at least three feet between your vehicle and the rider. Remember, the wind draft from your vehicle may pull the bicycle toward you.
  • Use extra caution when turning. It is easy to miss a cyclist who has pulled up near you. Always look both ways and check your mirrors before you make your turn.

Even the safest riders can get hurt when drivers fail to share the road. If you are injured while riding a bicycle, make sure you learn about your legal options. Financial support may be available for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.

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