Freehold New Jersey Bicycle Accident Attorneys Protect Victims’ Legal Rights
In a bicycle accident, a cyclist is at major risk of suffering serious, permanent injuries or even death. A cyclist and bicycle are no match for a car, truck or other motor vehicle. In many cases, a driver will argue that the cyclist was at least partially at fault for the accident. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey bicycle accident attorneys fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries after a bicycle accident.
Bicycle accident statistics in NJ
Every year, over 700 bicyclists are killed in accidents in the United States. It is estimated that around a half a million more are injured and require treatment at emergency rooms.
The most common injuries that bicyclists suffer are:
- Skull fractures
- Brain injuries, such as hemorrhages
- Facial contusions
- Facial fractures
- Dental fractures
- Eye injuries
- Other broken bones
- Internal damage to organs
A cyclist’s injuries may range in severity.
Unfortunately, New Jersey’s bike laws do not protect cyclists as much as some would hope. Although some states require drivers to provide a three- or four-foot berth while passing, New Jersey has no such laws in place. There are no regulations on a safe passing distance. Therefore, cyclists are at risk of being involved with accidents with motor vehicles.
Challenges in New Jersey bicycle accident claims
There are a number of defenses an at fault driver may raise in a bicycle accident claim.
Depending on the nature of the bicyclist’s injuries, the driver may argue that the victim should have been wearing a helmet. Those under 17 years of age are required to wear a helmet. If a victim was over the age of 17 and was not wearing a helmet, and sustained head injuries, the driver may argue that the victim is at least partially responsible for his injuries.
Drivers may also argue that victims ignored traffic signals or other traffic laws. They may argue that a bicyclist cut them off in traffic or did not look before entering the roadway.
Many drivers also argue that they could not see the bicyclist. They may claim that the bicyclist should have been wearing different clothing or should have had flashing lights or reflectors on the bicycle. However, in many cases, these drivers were simply distracted and are trying to avoid liability.
Other drivers argue that the bicyclist was distracted while riding. They may argue that the bicyclist had on headphones, was looking at a cell phone, or was talking on the phone. They may simply argue that the bicyclist was daydreaming, which may be difficult for the bicyclist to argue against.
Without a skilled bicycle accident attorney, these false or exaggerated allegations against an injured victim may cost that victim thousands of dollars in damages.
Contact our Freehold NJ bicycle accident attorneys today
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you need the guidance of an experienced NJ bicycle accident attorney. At Lomurro Law, we represent injured bicycle accident victims and ensure your legal rights are protected. To schedule a free consultation, call 732-414-0300 or contact us online.