Lawrence Township Bicycle Accident Attorneys
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Though the township of Lawrence is small, a number of residents are on the streets each day commuting by car, foot, motorcycle, and other means of transportation.
Bicycling is a very popular alternative means of transport and is an enjoyable way to exercise and spend a sun-filled afternoon. Those who are traveling on two wheels, however, face a unique set of dangers that motorists do not. Due to a bike's small size and delicate frame, a bicyclist is at a greater risk for severe injuries if involved in a crash, particularly if in a collision with a car. Bicycle accident victims should speak with a Lawrence Township injury lawyer after an accident to make certain their rights are protected.
A bike collision can be caused by a variety of factors, but there are some more common reasons a crash may occur. It is the responsibility of both bicyclists and motorists to be cautious and alert while on the road, but also understanding why this type of collision occurs can also help prevent it. Some frequent causes of bike accidents and related injuries and fatalities include:
- A driver's inattention or error;
- Unsafe road conditions, such as loose gravel, uneven road surface, or potholes;
- Wet or rain-slicked surfaces; and
- Excessive speeds, which increases the risk of injury in an accident.
With more than 630 bicyclists killed in the U.S. in 2009 and 51,000 injured, it is imperative bikers in Lawrence Township be safe at all times on the town's streets and highways.
The severity of a person's injuries following a bike accident will depend on different factors, such as where the accident took place, the speed of both the bicyclist and motorist, and even if the biker was wearing any safety gear. Any of these factors, and more, will affect how serious a bike rider's injuries are, but some of the more common bike accident injuries are:
- Spinal cord injury;
- Head injury and/or a traumatic brain injury;
- Scrapes, bruises, or lacerations; and
- Fractured or broken bones.
A helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety gear a bicyclist can wear. New Jersey law does not require bicyclists to wear a helmet when doing a number of activities, such as cycling, roller skating, or skateboarding, unless he or she is under the age of 17. However, wearing a helmet significantly increases a bicyclist's odds of surviving a collision and also reduces the chance of suffering a traumatic brain injury, which is important because almost 70 percent of bike accidents involve head injuries. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that tens of thousands of injuries could be prevented each year if all cyclists wore helmets.
At the personal injury law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our bike accident attorneys understand how serious a bicycle collision can be and the extreme impact it can have on a person's life. From costly medical bills to an extensive recovery time, a bike crash can turn the victim's life upside down. To obtain compensation from the at-fault parties who caused the bike accident, contact a bicycle accident lawyer for assistance. Call (609) 240-0040 to schedule a no-cost consultation.
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