New Jersey Bicycle Wrongful Death Attorney
Your Rights After Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Bike Accident
In spite of how prevalent bike riding is in Princeton and the rest of New Jersey, many drivers are still not sure what to do when cyclists are on the road. Drivers who do a poor job of sharing the roadway with bicyclists put all riders at risk of serious injury or even death. It is an unfortunate reality that New Jersey bicycle accidents happen every day and they sometimes result in fatalities.
When a loved one is lost suddenly and unexpectedly, family members can be left facing significant emotional and financial burdens. Getting to the bottom of what happened and finding answers to unanswered questions is only the first step in understanding your rights and moving on with you life. If you believe that your loved one died in a bicycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, please contact our New Jersey wrongful death lawyers at (609) 240-0040 for a free and confidential consultation.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in New Jersey?
According to New Jersey State Police, 13 bicyclists were killed statewide in the year 2014. It is not clear how many of those crashes involved an act of negligence or wrongdoing. A wrongful death is when someone has died in a New Jersey bicycle accident that resulted from the negligence of an individual or entity. If your loved one was killed in a New Jersey bicycle accident, you must prove that the death occurred as a result of negligence or wrongdoing in order to receive monetary compensation for those losses.
Compensation in NJ Fatal Bike Accidents
A wrongful death lawsuit is often filed by immediate family members of the decedent such as a spouse, domestic partner or children. These claims may also be filed by other surviving family members such as parents, siblings or another member of the household who was dependent on the decedent financially. Under New Jersey law, families may be entitled to compensation for damages including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Wages lost including what the victim would have earned in the future
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of companionship, comfort, care and advice that the victim would have provided
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
Causes of Deadly Bicycle Collisions
When a larger vehicle strikes a bicycle, it is often the bicyclist who suffers catastrophic or fatal injuries. Bicyclists usually have very little protecting them unlike a passenger vehicle, which is equipped with a metal frame, airbags and seatbelts. Bicyclists may get pinned under a vehicle or dragged by it. They may get thrown off their bikes and strike their head against the pavement or the vehicle itself.
These are all scenarios that could lead to fatal bicycle accidents. Examples of situations that could lead to a bicycle accident wrongful death claim include collisions that were caused by an impaired or distracted driver or a driver who violated the rules of the road by speeding, running a red light, intruding into a bike lane or failing to yield the right-of-way.
Contacting a Compassionate NJ Fatal Bike Accident Lawyer
There is a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits in New Jersey. That means that if you wait over two years from the day of the accident, you may not be able to file your claim or receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. So, please make sure you take prompt action. Document all your losses carefully. Contact an experienced New Jersey bike accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. We will provide you with quality legal representation while handling your case with compassion and sensitivity.
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