Bike Accident Attorneys in Middlesex County
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In Middlesex County's many cities and towns, residents of all ages enjoy bicycling as a way to get around town, reduce their impact on the environment, improve their health, and have fun. Unfortunately, in the county's busy municipalities, bicycle accidents are also common. In 2011 alone, bicyclists were involved in 888 accidents on Middlesex County roads, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Many of these accidents ended in serious injuries, and a few even resulted in death.
Bicycling can be a great source of exercise, entertainment, and transportation. It's easy on the environment, inexpensive to operate, and can have many health benefits. Unfortunately, when a bicycle accident occurs, all the benefits of cycling can turn upside-down in an instant. That's when the experienced assistance of the South Brunswick bike accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can be invaluable to you and your loved ones.
Throughout the state of New Jersey, bicyclists have the right to use the public streets in the same way motor vehicles do, as long as they follow the rules of the road. These include riding on the right side of the road, obeying all signs and signals, and signaling to others on the road - usually through the use of hand or arm signals - when they plan to turn left or right.
In exchange, motorists have a duty to watch out for bicycles on the road and to give bicyclists the same care and consideration they must give to other vehicles on the road in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, too many New Jersey motorists fail to give bicycle safety the attention it deserves, which can easily result in accidents like:
- collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles;
- failure of drivers to yield the right of way to bicycles at intersections or other areas;
- distracted drivers who fail to notice a bicyclist until it's too late; and
- "dooring," in which a driver of a parked car opens its door into a bicyclist's path.
Not all Middlesex County bicycle accidents are caused by driver error, however. Defective bicycle parts, maintenance, or repairs may result in hidden defects that a bicyclist cannot discover until the part or repair fails, injuring the rider. A wide range of dangerous road conditions can also harm bicyclists, including cracked pavement, blind corners, and intersections with inadequate, broken, or confusing signs and signals.
New Jersey law requires all bicyclists under age 17 to wear a helmet. A helmet can help protect a bicyclist of any age, preventing death in some accidents and reducing the severity of injury in others. However, a helmet can do nothing to stop a negligent driver, a defective bicycle part, or an unreasonably dangerous roadway condition - all of which can harm even the most careful bicyclist.
With an avid bicyclist on our attorney staff, our law firm understands the risks that bicyclists face at the hands of others; negligence. Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries with long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bicycle crash, please don;t hesitate to contact the skilled Middlesex County personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Call us today at (609) 240-0040 for a free, confidential case evaluation, and to learn more about your legal rights and options.
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