Central New Jersey Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Middlesex County Bike Accident Lawyers Explain Damages and Liability in NJ

Folks ride bicycles for all sorts of reasons. Some ride bicycles for fun and for exercise, and others ride to get from one place to another, like riding to work or to school or even ride to make a food delivery. While this is a generally safe activity, there are some serious risks. This is particularly true when motorists fail to exercise reasonable care in watching for and avoiding bicyclists. When motorists drive recklessly like this, our Middlesex County bike accident lawyer knows that it could have a disastrous outcome.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 850 people die each year in bicycle accidents in the United States. In New Jersey, statistics reveal in a five-year study that there were 14,598 reported bicycle crashes with 98 being fatal, 372 being incapacitating, 11,297 resulting in moderate injury, and 2,831 minor to no injuries. This is a significant number of injuries to innocent people.

If you or a loved one were one of those innocent people who were seriously injured, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, call Silverberg Law Firm LLC for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under New Jersey law. Our Middlesex bike accident lawyer will work with your treating physicians and hire leading experts to prove your damages and liability against a negligent motorist. Learn how we can help you during a FREE consultation. There is no risk to work with our firm either, as we offer a no win, no fee guarantee.

Schedule a FREE Consultation Today

For over 30 years, our experienced lawyer has helped families in Middlesex County, Hudson County, Essex County, Union County, and throughout the rest of New Jersey.

If you have been injured in a car accident, call to learn how we can help you today during a FREE consultation by dialing (732) 992-3000.

Thank you for your message. It has been sent.
There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later.

Two Categories of Central New Jersey Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents generally fall into two main categories. The first and the most common type of accident is when the bike rider falls from the bike. Although this might not seem like a serious situation, many bike riders have sustained significant injuries and prolonged pain and suffering from this type of crash, especially if there were not wearing a bicycle helmet. Riders have sustained head injuries (including facial lacerations, broken noses, and concussions), as well as sprained ankles, broken legs, arms, elbows, shoulders, and spinal damage. More catastrophic injuries includes brain injuries like TBIs or spinal cord injuries like paraplegia or quadriplegia.

The second type of bicycle accident is a crash involving both a bike and a motor vehicle. As you can imagine, these crashes tend to be very serious especially when you consider the size and weight of a motor vehicle compared to that of a bicycle, and that the bike rider is relatively unprotected. These crashes tend to be even more devastating as the speed of the vehicles increase. This means that the bicycle rider victim will also have more devastating injuries, and some may even die as a result of the accident.

Recovering Damages To Help Cover Your Expenses

There are many possible damages that you may be entitled to recover in a Middlesex County bike accident. Under New Jersey Law, “damages” is the measure of relief that a party may obtain in a lawsuit. In personal injury lawsuits, damages are almost always monetary. The types of monetary compensation that you may be entitled to in a Central New Jersey bicycle accident includes the following:

  • All future and past related medical bills, such as emergency room services and surgeries
  • Property damages, such as damage to your bicycle, or things you might have been carrying in your backpack such as a laptop or smart phone
  • Lost wages because you are unable to work, or you are unable to continue to work in your current profession or in your current capacity
  • Prescription medicines
  • All future and past related medical treatments, such as chiropractic appointments or physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Adaptive technologies for motor vehicles to enable the user to drive or to ride
  • Adaptive technologies and universal design for the home, such as entry ramps
  • Loss of consortium (being deprived of the benefits of a family relationship), and
  • Funeral expenses paid on your behalf.

Ask our experienced Middlesex County bike accident lawyer at Silverberg Law Firm LLC for a FREE consultation to learn how we can recover these damages for you. We only get paid if you get paid, and only after we recover compensation for you. So there is no risk to work with our dedicated law firm.

Get Your FREE Consultation Today

CALL NOW

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey

Sadly, most of the bike accident injuries and bicycle fatalities that happen in Central New Jersey are preventable. Motor vehicle drivers and bicycle drivers need to be aware of each other, and need to follow the rules of the road for all drivers. Here is a list of the most common types of bicycle crashes due to the negligence of a motorist:

  • Motor vehicle drivers making a left hand turn while the bike rider is traveling in the opposite direction. Maybe the driver did not see the bike rider, especially if the bike rider was riding on a sidewalk and not in the road.
  • Motor vehicle drivers making a right hand turn into the bike rider’s path. Again, maybe the driver did not see the bike rider, or maybe they failed to use their turning signal and the bike rider did not have enough time to get out of their path.
  • Motor vehicle drivers who are stopped or parked and open their door without noticing a bike rider (sometimes referred to as getting “doored”). This can cause the bike rider to crash into the motor vehicle, or worse it can force the bike rider to avoid the vehicle door and ride further into the land of traffic, and into moving traffic.
  • Motor vehicles crashing into drivers from behind because they did not see the bike rider. Perhaps this was because of bad weather conditions, or darkness and the bike rider was less visible.
  • Motor vehicles exiting from driveways, parking lots, alleys, etc., without seeing bike riders.
  • Following a bicyclists too closely.
  • Not providing enough space (not compromising space).
  • Aggressive driving
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving
  • Distracted driving, and
  • Other reckless cases of operating a motor vehicle.

Even when bike riders are conscientious and obeying the rules of the road, crashes can still happen that are completely out of their own control. These innocent bicycle accident victims may be entitled to financial damages and compensation to help them in their recovery.

Schedule a FREE Consultation Today

Click on the call icon to schedule your free consultation. You can also call us directly at (732) 992-3000 or email us at jay@lawjls.com to book an appointment today!

Ask Our Central New Jersey Bicycle Accident Lawyer for Help

Jay Silverberg has over 30 years of experience helping residents in New Jersey and New York. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a bike accident occurring in New Jersey or New York, especially in Central NJ or Middlesex County, please call us today at (732) 992-3000 to schedule an initial consultation and FREE case evaluation. You may also send us a private and confidential message through our “contact us” box on our website.

Call our Car Accident Lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ

Here at Silverberg Law Firm LLC, we represent clients in New Jersey and New York harmed in a serious or fatal motor vehicle wreck. If you or your family member have suffered serious bodily injury or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to the negligence of another, please call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (732) 992-3000.

You can also send us a message using our convenient “contact us” box available here. Our compassionate and experienced car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ is here to help.

Thank you for your message. It has been sent.
There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later.