Two Paterson boys, ages four and nine, were injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident after they were struck by a car. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the boys were in a crosswalk on Totowa Road near Hillary Street in Totowa when they were struck. Both children were injured, but were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It is not known at this time if the 92-year-old female driver of the car will be cited for this collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 716 bicyclists were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles and 52,000 were injured in 2008. Victims of New Jersey bicycle and car accidents often suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical care, and, those who fail to wear protective gear, such as helmets, often suffer more serious injuries. Additionally, parents of children who ride bicycles also are responsible for ensuring that they are properly supervised and instructed regarding bicycle use and safety.
If a bicycle-motor vehicle accident is the fault of the motor vehicle operator, a meritorious claim for compensation may be pursued to recover for unpaid medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, lost earnings, disability and any other losses resulting from the injuries. The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Blume Forte have a long history of protecting the rights of New Jersey bicycle riders and pedestrians. Call us for a no-cost consultation at 973-635-5400.