With gas at an all-time high, more people than ever are opting for the planet and pocketbook-friendly convenience of cycling. Unfortunately, drivers do not always understand how to properly share the road with cyclists, and bicycle accidents can result. Over 50,000 injuries result annually from these types of accidents, and the size differential between a bicycle and a motor vehicle results in severe, life-changing injuries…or even death.
A study conducted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center found six common causes of bicycle crashes. When the bike and car were parallel to one another, crashes were caused by the motorist turning into the bicycle's path, the car overtaking the cyclist, or the bike turning into the car's path (by far the smallest percentage of crashes). When the bike and car were on crossing paths, crashes were most commonly caused by motorists failing to yield right-of-way at intersections, or, bicyclists failing to yield right-of-way at intersections or midblock locations. More bike crashes happen in urban than rural areas, with 57% of bicycle related fatalities occurring on major, more heavily traveled, roads. Uneducated drivers are thought to one of the greatest causative factors of bicycle accidents.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, seek medical treatment immediately, and, if possible, collect information, from the associated drivers and witnesses.
If you are injured in a bike accident, you need your own legal representation. You need an experienced, aggressive, and qualified attorney.
Blume Forte has devoted its legal practice to personal injury representation, garnering more million-dollar settlements than any other New Jersey law firm. We are qualified and have the resources to pursue a case for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. If fact, Blume Forte through its representation of victims, has helped to redesign some industry standards with regard to safety equipment and lights on bicycles. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident call Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400 for a free and confidential case consultation with a skilled NJ car accident attorney.
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