Plainsboro Township Bike Accident Attorneys
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With extensive transportation options available to residents, including the New Jersey Transit Bus Service, and several major transportation routes that pass through Plainsboro Township, there are a large amount of motorized and non-motorized vehicles on the roads each day.
A very popular non-motorized vehicle used by Plainsboro Township residents is a bicycle, which is an affordable, eco-friendly mode of transportation. Riding a bicycle is a great way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors, but bicyclists face unique dangers when on the open road that can put them at a great risk for severe injury. A Plainsboro personal injury lawyer can help an accident victim involved in a collision caused by another party.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
A bicycle accident can be caused by a number of different things, but a frequent factor in this type of collision is the negligence of motor vehicle drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that an estimated 630 bicyclists lost their lives due to a motor vehicle collision in 2009, and an additional 51,000 were injured, showing that motor vehicles can be a great threat to those on two wheels. Drivers across the state of New Jersey should always be mindful of who they are sharing the road with.
The following are some other common causes of bike accidents:
- Vehicle driver inattention or errors;
- Road debris, such as excess gravel;
- Road conditions, including unevenness of pavement;
- Excessive speeds;
- Performing stunts, which increases a biker's risk of an accident; and
- Wet or rain-slicked surfaces.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
A bicycle accident, whether it involves a collision with a motor vehicle or fixed object or occurs due to a road hazard such as a pothole, can cause a variety of injuries that can be minor or severe in nature. The seriousness of the injuries a biker endures will depend on the circumstances of the crash, such as if the bicyclist was wearing safety gear at the time of the accident and how fast the motorist and bicyclist were going when the collision occurred. Bicycle accident injuries can include:
- Fractured or broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Bumps, bruises, or scrapes;
- Head injuries or trauma to the brain; and
- Internal injuries, such as injury to one's internal organs.
Bicyclists should wear a helmet, as it can greatly increase the odds of survival in an accident and can prevent a dangerous head injury. However, state law does not require wearing one unless a rider is under the age of 17.
Why Hiring a Plainsboro Township Bike Accident Attorney is Important
Being involved in a Plainsboro Township bike accident can greatly impact the life of a victim, leaving him or her with severe injuries and costly medical bills. Without proper compensation from those at fault for the crash, recovery may be made more stressful and difficult for the victim. Seeking assistance from a qualified New Jersey bike accident lawyer can mean the difference between receiving an ample settlement and not getting anything at all. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our legal team has the experience needed to obtain the compensation you deserve and need to recover. For a complimentary consultation on your accident case, call (609) 240-0040.
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