Hamilton Township Bike Accident Lawyers
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At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we have first-hand experience with the dangers bike riders face each day when riding on the streets of Hamilton Township.
As a cyclist, you have little protection from the acts of an aggressive or negligent driver, and we are here to protect your rights after a collision. For a free consultation with one of our Hamilton Township personal injury lawyers, please call (609) 240-0040.
The Benefits of Bicycling
Bicycling is a great activity for many reasons. We have a unique insight, because attorney David E. Silverstein is an avid bicyclist. It provides a form of exercise, and is an alternative method of transportation that does not pollute the environment. It also helps reduce the traffic on our roadways. And bike riders love the low cost of owning and operating a bike.
But it is important for bicyclists to understand the laws of the road, which apply to bikes as well as motorized vehicles. Not all drivers know these rules, so bicyclists need to be aware of their surroundings and stay on guard for potential crashes.
What to Look Out For
There are many potential causes of bike and car accidents in Hamilton Township. When surveying your surroundings, look out for the following:
- Distracted or impaired drivers: Drivers who are swerving or not staying in their lanes, drivers who are slow to react to red or green lights, drivers obviously focusing on a cell phone, or drivers who are unable to maintain a constant speed represent a much higher risk to riders.
- Dooring: When you pass parked or stopped cars on the street or in a parking lot, be aware of the fact that a person could open a car door and block your path. Look for occupants in these cars, and be aware that a door could open on either side of the vehicle.
- Dangerous road conditions: Not only does debris on the road represent a danger to bicyclists, but so does damage to the road surface itself. Other obstacles, such as low-hanging trees or damaged signs protruding into the roadway, can also cause a bike accident. Finally, weather conditions can have a huge impact on the safety of bike riders. Wet or slippery roads can be difficult to maneuver, and can also require a greater stopping distance for motor vehicles.
Bike riders should also regularly inspect their bikes for any signs of wear or damage. When you take a new bike out for a spin, you should be checking for defective parts or improper assembly of any parts.
Who Could Be Liable?
In many accidents involving a bicycle in Hamilton Township, the driver of a vehicle violates a traffic law and causes the collision. The rider of the bicycle has the right to be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and damage to the bicycle.
If an unsafe road condition, like a massive pothole, a dangerous turn with no warning sign, or debris in the road caused the crash, Hamilton Township itself could be held responsible for your losses. For this to occur, your NJ bike accident attorney would need to show that the department in charge of maintaining the roadway was negligent in performing its duties, which resulted in the accident.
Understanding your rights as the victim of an accident can be a challenge. But the lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., have over 25 years of experience seeking justice for Hamilton Township bike accident victims. Call (609) 240-0040 today to schedule your free consultation.
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