Bicycle accidents are an unfortunate occurrence in the New Jersey area. Thankfully, New Jersey has laws in place to protect cyclists who are victims of accidents. When an accident occurs, it is imperative that proper steps be taken to protect the health and rights of the victim. Though most bicycle accidents are minor, some have devastating consequences.
Cyclists have the same basic rights as drivers or passengers of any other vehicle in the state of New Jersey. For this reason, it is important to notify law enforcement immediately when a bicycle accident occurs. This assures the victim gets proper medical treatment, and also guarantees that necessary legal action will ensue. Officers called to the scene of a bicycle accident will document the details of the accident, providing the victim with a legal record of the events, which may be used in court, or to file an insurance claim. When you are involved in a bicycle accident, it is important that you do not discuss or establish fault in the matter. Police officers and lawyers are trained to assess reports, evidence, and witness testimony to properly determine the cause of the accident. For this reason it is also important to collect statements from anybody who witnessed the accident.
When medical care is offered it is recommended that the parties involved always accept it. Even if no serious injuries appear at the time of the accident, it should be left to doctors and other medical professionals to determine whether or not medical aid is needed.
Following up with the proceedings is equally important. Victims should always make sure ample evidence is collected at the scene so that a case can be built when necessary. This may include photographs of the scene, witness testimony, police reports, doctor’s reports, personal notes, and documentation of any other applicable details.
Finally, it is imperative that the victim arrange for the help of a qualified New Jersey insurance claim lawyer. When a cyclist is victim of an accident they are entitled to compensation for damages. Medical bills and property damage can be costly in these situations, and it is important that the victim is compensated for their losses. If you or someone you know was the victim of a cycling accident, you are encouraged to contact the qualified lawyers at the law offices of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. We can be reached at (609) 240-0040.