At The Wilton Law Firm, our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers recognize the dangers bicyclists face on the road, especially from negligent motorists, which is why we are dedicated to protecting their rights in the event of a bicycle accident. If you have sustained considerable losses in a bicycle-car collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 50,000 cyclists are injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes per year. This number is only a fraction of the real statistic, because most bicycle accidents are never reported. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist; despite that, bicyclists must take extra precautions while riding. Due to the difference in size and protection, cyclists usually suffer most in a collision. Even with a helmet and protective clothing, you are no match for a motor vehicle. Possible injuries include head trauma, fractures, spinal injuries, serious abrasions, and severe road rash. The injuries may result in costly medical expenses, long-term health issues and may affect the cyclist’s ability to earn a living.
Riding a bicycle is not only a fun recreational activity, but also a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. More and more people are choosing to bike to and from work, school, and other locations because it saves money, is a form of exercise, and doesn’t add to pollution. Many cities are responding to this increase in biking by creating bike lanes and making their roads more bike-friendly overall. This, unfortunately, has not significantly decreased the number of accidents between bicyclists and motorists, however.
In most cases, liability for a New Jersey bicycle accident falls on other motorists who do not know how to share the road with bicyclists. A driver who violates traffic laws or is otherwise negligent or reckless puts everyone else on the road in danger and increases the risk of a serious injury accident. Should a negligent driver cause an injury bike crash, they may be held liable for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses suffered by the victim.
It is also possible for liability to fall onto the city, county, or state in the case of hazardous roadways. If a road has potholes, dangerous blind turns, severely narrow lanes, or even debris, the road poses a crash hazard. If the agency or department in charge of maintaining a roadway is negligent in its duties, then that agency may be held liable for the losses a bike accident victim may suffer.
Finally, if the accident was caused by a defective bike, or bike part, then the manufacturer may be held liable for their negligence.