The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that bicycle accidents are on the rise across the nation. Although there are a plethora of causes for these types of traffic accidents, the top cause is reckless driving. Unfortunately, while the State of New Jersey allows injured cyclists the opportunity to recover compensation from the drivers who caused their injuries, negligent drivers and their insurance carriers will work aggressively to place blame on the cyclist.
In many respects, filing a bicycle accident claim can be a challenging process; consequently, obtaining legal counsel from a reputable attorney is necessary. If you or a loved one was injured while riding a bicycle, obtain the support of a skilled attorney who will represent your case and ensure fair compensation is secured from the liable party.
Obtain the Legal Representation You Deserve, From a Law Firm With Extensive Experience
A person riding a bicycle in the streets of New Jersey is afforded the same rights and responsibilities as the motor vehicle drivers they share the road with. Cyclists are legally obligated to follow state and local traffic laws, such as obeying traffic signs and stopping at red lights. Regrettably, even when cyclists ride their bicycles with proper precaution, some drivers fail to obey traffic laws and thereby drive recklessly. The negligent actions of these drivers raise significant risks for cyclists where a collision could lead to catastrophic injuries.
The dedicated attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. understand the severity of bicycle accidents. They know that in just a few seconds, the life of a cyclist who has been struck by a vehicle can be changed forever. Bike accident cases can cause a variety of hardships, including pain and suffering, disability, and economic distress. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, the firm is prepared to aggressively advocate on your behalf and ensure the liable party is held responsible for your losses. Consider obtaining the legal support of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Call (609) 240-0040 or complete the private online form to get started on your case today.
The Devastating Consequences of Bicycle Accidents
Although New Jersey has established laws that aim to protect cyclists and has also focused on bicycle-safety infrastructure, bicycle accidents continue to occur at alarming rates. Based on an informative sheet published by the NHTSA, traffic accidents involving cyclists have been on the rise since 2009. The number of bicycle accidents that occur each year throughout New Jersey is concerning considering the type of injuries cyclists commonly endure when struck by a vehicle.
When a cyclist is struck by a car, the severity of his or her injuries will depend on multiple factors, including the age of the cyclist, his or her height, the angle at which the cyclist was struck, the type of vehicle involved, and the speed of the vehicle traveling at the time of the accident. Although every bicycle accident will be different, some of the most common bicycle-related injuries are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – This can include brain contusions, concussions, skull fractures, and intracranial hemorrhage.
- Musculoskeletal Injuries – These injuries can include strains, fractures, and dislocations.
- Face and Eye Injuries – This can include dental fractures, facial fractures, contusions, and corneal foreign bodies.
- Abdomen Injuries – Abdomen injuries can include bowel contusion traumatic hernia, vascular perforation, ruptured spleen, trauma to the pancreas, and hepatic laceration.
- Skin and Soft Tissue Injuries – This can include contusions, lacerations, and abrasions, such as road rash.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey
Understanding the risks of riding a bicycle can promote safety for cyclists and motor vehicle drivers alike. The following are just a few examples of the many causes of bicycle accidents in the State of New Jersey: Speeding, Driving while distracted, Lack of bicycle lanes and/or sidewalks, Failing to provide sufficient space when passing, Making a turn without first checking for oncoming traffic, and Opening the door of a car without first checking for oncoming cyclists.
Obtain Legal Counsel From a Committed Law Firm
For many, bike riding is a beloved sport and a means of affordable yet eco-friendly transportation. Despite this, even with the proliferation of bicycle lanes, cyclists are continuously put at serious risk of accidents when on the road. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, it is imperative to consider discussing the case with an attorney committed to representing injured cyclists.
For many years, the team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have advocated on behalf of those injured as a consequence of another’s reckless actions. The firm strongly believes that when a bicyclist is injured as a consequence of a driver’s negligent actions, the driver must be held accountable for the damages. As a strong supporter of cyclists’ rights, the firm is prepared to aggressively champion on behalf of their clients, ensuring they obtain the highest amount of financial compensation available. To schedule a complimentary consultation, consider calling Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. at (609) 240-0040 or complete the private online form.