Unfortunately, cyclists do not receive adequate protection from other motorists they share the New Jersey roads with. This causes accidents, which can leave devastating injuries and damages due to the sheer size and weight of motor vehicles that cyclists are up against. Continue reading to learn the common causes of bicycle accidents and how an experienced auto accident lawyer of the Law Office of Craig M. Rothenberg can assist you in filing a claim.
What are the frequent causes of bicycle accidents in the state of New Jersey?
Like any other auto accident, a bicycle accident may be caused by unsafe road conditions or inclement weather. But typically, these accidents are due to the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. Examples of frequent causes read as follows:
- Trying to overtake a cyclist.
- Tailgating a cyclist.
- Failing to notice a cyclist at night or in unlit locations.
- Failing to check blind spots for a cyclist.
- Failing to check both ways before opening a car door.
- Driving on the shoulder or in the bike lane.
What steps should I take after a bicycle accident in New Jersey?
If you suffered injuries and damages due to the negligence of a motor vehicle driver, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. This is regardless of whether you were wearing the proper helmet or padding. To satisfy the burden of proof for your case, you should first call the police. Then, you should take pictures of the accident and any damage it caused. If you can, gather witness contact information. Once you receive medical treatment, keep all information pertaining to your injuries. Finally, you should hire a competent attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you need to heal.
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No matter where or how you or a loved one were injured, if the injury was caused by someone else, we are here to help ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated. Our legal team handles cases involving auto accidents, defective products, slip and falls, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, work injuries, wrongful death and more. Contact the Law Office of Craig M. Rothenberg today to schedule your free case evaluation with our skilled personal injury law firm.