December 8, 2014

Fair Haven Councilman Killed in Bicycle Accident

Fair Haven Councilman Jerome Koch, 63, suffered fatal injuries when a car struck his bicycle. According to an NJ.com news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on River Road near Elm Place in Fair Haven. He was pronounced dead the day after the crash at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. It is unclear what caused the crash, but it does not appear from the report that the driver will face citations for the crash.

Even skilled and experienced riders can suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash. Bicyclists are simply not provided enough protection to survive a major collision. This is why all bicyclists would be well advised to:

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June 24, 2014

Preventing Bicycle Accident Injuries This Summer

Summertime is a great time to get around New Jersey on your bike. You can stay fit, have fun, and save money. However, bicycling in New Jersey can prove dangerous if you are not careful. Make sure you always wear a helmet and exercise safe riding habits.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when riding this summer:

  • Increase your visibility. Under New Jersey law, all riders at night are required to have a front headlamp that emits a white light, a rear lamp with a red light, and a red rear reflector. Whether you are on your bike at night or during the day, you should wear bright clothes and put reflectors on your shoes, helmet, and bags.
  • Make sure motorists hear you. All New Jersey bicyclists are required to equip a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists.
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January 13, 2014

What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a New Jersey Bicycle Accident

Riding your bicycle is a great way to get around New Jersey, but it can be very dangerous. Make sure that you always wear a helmet and bright clothing. Ride defensively and never assume that a driver sees you or that you will be given the right-of-way at an intersection. Accidents are common and they can result in devastating injuries for bicyclists.

If you are injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. Immediately after an accident, make sure you:

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December 30, 2013

Riding Your Bicycle in the Winter? Here's What You Should Know

In many parts of the United States, including here in New Jersey, the winter biking season has begun. The bike lanes often turn into snow lanes. There is hardly any buffer between bikes and cars. Slippery and icy roads can add to dangers presented to bicyclists. When it's snowing, visibility can also be considerably diminished.

Here are a few tips on how to stay warm and safe when you ride your bike all winter:

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November 25, 2013

Bicyclist Injured in Hillsborough Car Crash

A 64-year-old bicyclist was injured after his cycle collided with an SUV. According to a report in The Hillsborough Beacon, the incident occurred on Amwell Road near Pineywoods Road. Police said a 2004 Toyota Highlander driven by a 75-year-old man was turning left into the parking lot of the Amwell Commons center when it collided with a mountain bike that the victim was riding. The bicyclist was transported to a New Brunswick hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

A number of bicycle accidents in New Jersey occur when motorists are making left turns. When a driver makes a left turn or U-Turn, under New Jersey law, he or she is required to yield the right-of-way to all oncoming vehicles and make the turn only when it is safe to do so. Also, under the law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles.

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November 6, 2013

What to Do After a New Jersey Bicycle Accident

What you do after a bicycle accident can be critical when it comes to protecting your legal rights. It might have an impact on how much compensation you recover for your injuries, damages, and losses. The actions you take in the aftermath of an accident can also affect the outcome of any lawsuits that are filed as a result of the incident.

There are several steps you can take after a bicycle accident. First, remain as calm as possible. Wait for the police to arrive at the scene so that they can file a report. This is important to do even if you believe that you have not been injured in the accident. Filing a police report creates a record of what happened and gets your account of the incident on the record.

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July 10, 2013

Preventing Child Bicycle Accidents and Injuries

Bike riding is an excellent way for children to have fun while exercising. Unfortunately, thousands of young cyclists are injured each year in preventable traffic accidents. If your child is old enough to start riding a bicycle, there are a number of safety measures you can take to ensure that your young rider doesn't get injured.

No amount of preparation and training can prevent all child bicycle accidents, but here are a few safety tips to remember:

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July 2, 2013

Jersey City Restaurant Owner Fatally Injured in Bicycle Crash

A 34-year-old Jersey City woman, also the co-owner of the popular Kraverie restaurant, was killed in a recent bicycle hit-and-run crash. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the fatal accident occurred when a 24-year-old woman driving a 2008 silver Volkswagen struck the bicyclist on Marin Boulevard and then fled the scene. Police later arrested the driver. Police said the bicyclist was riding southbound in the northbound lane and was not wearing a helmet.

Local bike safety advocates are saying that this hit-and-run incident sheds light on the need for more safety measures on Jersey City roadways and increased driver and cyclist education. The city recently added striped bike lanes on Grove Street and plans to install 35.2 miles of striped bike lanes as well as 19.5 miles of shared lanes.

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May 21, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Recovering from Bicycle Accident

As reported by NPR.org, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has had another bicycle accident. This accident is his third major bicycle accident since his first in 1993. In 1993, Justice Breyer suffered injuries including multiple broken ribs and a punctured, collapsed lung when he was struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle in Harvard Square, according to Boston.com reports.

In May 2011, Justice Breyer suffered a fractured right clavicle (collarbone) while riding his bike in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near his home. According to NPR’s Nina Totenberg, in this, his most recent bicycle accident, Justice Breyer was riding his bicycle on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when he went down. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The 74-year-old Supreme Court Justice required surgery to repair a fractured right shoulder. Kathleen Arberg, spokesperson for the U.S. Supreme Court, said Justice Breyer underwent reverse shoulder replacement surgery after suffering a proximal humerus fracture. The surgery was performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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May 8, 2013

NJ DOT Bicycle Safety Tips — Wearing Helmets and Staying Visible

Courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the following advice is offered to keep New Jersey bicyclists safe while they enjoy the ride.

Helmets

Each year, approximately 1,000 bicyclists lose their lives in the U.S. due to bicycle accidents. Eighty percent of those deaths are the result of head/brain trauma. Every bicyclist should own and use a bicycle helmet. The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein offer the following tips regarding bicycle helmet use and staying visible:

  • All bicycle helmets should bear a sticker indicating approval by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Snell Memorial Foundation, or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These stickers show helmets have met established safety standards.
  • Helmets should be lined with firm Styrofoam.
  • Helmets’ fit should be snug. The helmet should not shift from side to side on the bicyclist’s head.
  • Wear only helmets that have been specifically designed for riding bicycles.
  • All bicycle helmets should consist of outer shell, liner to absorb impact, comfort liner, cooling vents for comfort, strong chin straps made of nylon, and a secure helmet buckle.

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April 16, 2013

What is the New Jersey Transit Bike Aboard Program?

New Jersey Transit wants to provide bicyclists the greatest amount of accommodations possible. According to njtransit.com, bicycle access to terminals, facilities, and services is encouraged and supported by New Jersey Transit. Permits are not required to bring bicycles on board trains, buses, and on light rail systems. All station platforms allow bicycle access, and there is no extra charge for bringing bicycles aboard. New Jersey Transit provides a convenient way to transport your bicycle and encourages combining transit and bicycling.

On buses with bike racks mounted on the front, bicycles are permitted at all times. Bicycles are also permitted on buses equipped with under floor luggage compartments on a first-come basis. At least half of the current New Jersey Transit bus fleet is currently bike friendly. Buses which are articulated (bend in the middle) cannot accommodate bicycles.

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December 19, 2012

Bicyclist Struck by Car in Hackettstown

A 50-year-old Oxford man was injured in a New Jersey car collision when a vehicle struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Warren Reporter, the bicycle accident occurred at Washington Street and West Plane Street in Hackettstown. Officials say the 31-year-old driver of a 2006 Ford was trying to make a left turn when he struck the bicyclist. The bike rider sustained an arm injury, but refused treatment at the scene of the crash. The driver was issued a summons for careless driving.

It is the responsibility of all motorists to use care and caution. Motorists must remember that they share the roadway with other vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles. According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-97, "A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving."

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December 4, 2012

Bicyclist Suffers Injuries in Toms River Hit-and-Run Crash

A 16-year-old girl was injured in a New Jersey car accident after a white or silver Nissan struck her bicycle and drove away. According to The Toms River Patch, the hit-and-run crash occurred near Route 166 and Mapletree Road in Toms River Township. Officials say the girl was traveling southbound on the east shoulder when a northbound car struck her. She was transported to a nearby medical center for treatment. Authorities are searching for help regarding the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and driver.

When a driver leaves the scene of an accident, it often exposes injured victims to additional injury and harm. According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-129: "The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene." All motorists are also required to exchange information with other parties involved in the collision and notify the authorities.

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November 9, 2012

Rights to Bicycle Accident Wrongful Death Claims in New Jersey

Fatal Bike AccidentUnder New Jersey bike law, the family of someone killed in a bicycle accident as a result of negligence or wrongdoing may pursue compensation for their losses from the at-fault party. There are many types of losses that may be covered through a wrongful death claim, but the plaintiffs, often immediate family members of the deceased victim, must prove fault and liability first.

The cause of an accident often has an impact on whether the victim's family members will be able to seek compensation for their significant losses. If the victim was solely responsible for the crash, it may be extremely challenging to receive compensation. If, however, a driver was speeding, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or behaving recklessly at the time of the collision, then compensation may be available by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.

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November 6, 2012

Bicyclist Injured in Egg Harbor Township Car Collision

A 35-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was injured in a New Jersey car collision when a 2009 BMW struck his bicycle. According to The Shore News Today, the bicycle accident occurred along the Black Horse Pike in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township. Officials are looking into whether the bicyclist entered traffic lanes in front of the eastbound car shortly before the crash. He was transported to a nearby trauma center for his injuries. The 53-year-old female driver of the BMW left the scene of the crash but showed up at the police station shortly thereafter. It is not clear if she will face charges. The investigation is ongoing.

In a bicycle accident or any auto accident, it is important that investigators consider all possible causes of the crash before determining that the bike rider was solely at fault. If the bike rider was in a lane of traffic, why was he or she unable to avoid the collision? Was the driver speeding or driving distracted? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused or contributed to the accident?

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September 28, 2012

Are Bicycle Helmets a Guarantee against Injuries?

Princeton Bike Accident Injury PreventionUnder New Jersey Statute 39:4-10.1, all bicycle riders under the age of 17 must wear a helmet at all times, but adult riders should also wear a properly fitted helmet whenever they ride, even though they are not obligated by the law. Do bicycle helmets prevent all possible head injuries? No. They can, however, significantly increase your chances of surviving a New Jersey bicycle accident and help prevent catastrophic head injuries.

If helmets are not a guarantee against injuries, why should you wear one? The answer is simple. New Jersey bicycle accidents happen everyday and your chances of surviving a collision are greatly increased if you are wearing a helmet.

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September 21, 2012

The Dangers of Brain Injuries in New Jersey Bicycle Accidents

Under New Jersey law, bicyclists under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet. However, all riders would be well advised to wear a helmet because head injury is the most common cause of death among bicyclists. While helmets cannot prevent all fatal bicycle accidents, they can greatly reduce the severity of the head trauma that is often sustained in a collision.

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 people are treated in emergency departments and more than 700 are killed each year in bicycle accidents. A report by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety reported that 95 percent of the bicyclists killed in 2006 were not wearing helmets and that the most serious injuries suffered by bicyclists involved head injuries.

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September 14, 2012

Rights of Bicycle Accident Victims in New Jersey

Have you or a loved one been hurt in a New Jersey bicycle accident? According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 630 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the year 2009. Surviving victims of New Jersey bike crashes often incur significant financial losses including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services, and other related damages. Fortunately, injured cyclists have rights that allow them to pursue compensation for their losses.

In order to pursue financial compensation following an injury accident, victims must prove how and why the crash occurred. Was the injured cyclist solely responsible for the crash or did the negligence of someone else contribute to it? In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, the injured victim has the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties.

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August 31, 2012

How Bicycle Helmets Can Prevent Serious Head Injuries

NJ Bicyclist Safety TipsIf you ride a bicycle in New Jersey, it is in your best interest to wear a helmet. While New Jersey law does not require adult riders to wear a helmet, they should be worn because of the significant protection they can provide. New Jersey bicycle accidents are common, and victims who are not wearing a helmet have a much greater chance of suffering a fatal injury or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

According to The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, of the 616 cyclists killed in 2010, 429 were not wearing a helmet. That means that 70 percent of fatally injured bicyclists were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Riders who are wearing a helmet have a much greater chance of surviving the collision.

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August 21, 2012

Bicyclist Killed in New Jersey Truck Accident

A 48-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his bicycle was struck by a tractor-trailer. According to The Brick Patch, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 88 at Coolidge Drive in Brick. Officials say the bicyclist rode up alongside the truck as it began to turn right at the intersection. The Point Pleasant man struck the cab of the truck before being thrown to the ground and hit by the rear wheels. Despite attempts to treat the victim, his injuries proved fatal. The official investigation is still underway.

Many of the most devastating bicycle accidents occur at intersections. It is easy to overlook a bicycle. Motorists often fail to observe a bicyclist or pedestrian at street intersections. Under New Jersey bicycle law, bicyclists have the same rights on the roadway as drivers. Therefore, all car and truck drivers must yield the right of way to bicyclists like any other vehicle.

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July 26, 2012

Bicyclist Suffers Serious Injuries in Readington

A 68-year-old Bedminster man was injured in a New Jersey car accident when a 21-year-old driver struck his bicycle. According to My Central Jersey, the bicycle accident occurred near County Road 523 and Ryerson Road in Readington. Officials say the bicyclist was in the westbound lane of traffic near the shoulder when the 21-year-old driver struck him. The victim suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover. It is unclear why the driver was unable to avoid the collision or if he will face charges for the crash.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-14.1: "Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver." This means that motorists must yield the right of way to bicycles as they would to vehicles. When a bicycle is in a lane of traffic, New Jersey bicycle law requires rider to be "as near to the right roadside as practicable." Riders are, however, allowed to enter traffic when it is safe to do so to avoid debris or slower moving vehicles.

When a motorist fails to yield the right of way to a bicyclist, the injured cyclist can pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

The experienced bicyclist injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping injured bicyclists get fair compensation for their damages and losses. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered an injury in a New Jersey bicycle accident.

July 25, 2012

Keep Yourself Safe from Bicycle-Car Collisions in New Jersey

New Jersey Bike Car CrashMany New Jersey bicycle accidents result from a brief and simple lapse of judgment. It only takes a moment of negligent driving or dangerous bicycle riding for a sudden and tragic collision to occur. Having a general understanding of some of the most common causes of New Jersey bicycle accidents can help you avoid being involved in a serious injury bicycle accident.

There are many forms of negligent driving that can result in a collision with a bicyclist. Drivers increase their chances of striking a bicyclist if they are driving while talking or texting on their phone, driving while fatigued, exceeding the speed limit, or driving while intoxicated. Motorists can also cause injury accidents by failing to look for bicyclists when changing lanes, merging from a driveway, or entering an intersection.

Bicyclists can increase their chances of avoiding an accident by increasing their visibility. Riders should wear bright clothes, use hand signals, and make eye contact with drivers before entering an intersection. Bike riders can also help prevent collisions by staying on the far right side of the roadway, obeying all traffic laws, and riding defensively.

Victims of New Jersey bicycle accidents can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver for their medical losses, physical suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, and other related damages. The reputed bicycle crash victim attorneys in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping injured bicyclists get fair compensation for their suffering. If you have suffered injuries in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040.

July 17, 2012

Understanding Your Rights under Bicycle Laws in New Jersey

There are many different laws regulating bike riding under Title 39 of the New Jersey Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation laws. Following the law can help you avoid being involved in a New Jersey car accident. For example, N.J.S.A. 39:4-10 requires bicyclists who ride at night to have a white front headlamp and a red rear light. Visibility is key to avoiding a serious bike accident injury at night.

Many of New Jersey’s bicycle laws are meant to protect bicyclists. Bicycle passengers should be limited to the number of seats on the bike under N.J.S.A. 39:4-12, and under N.J.S.A. 39:4-11, all bicycles must be equipped with a bell. N.J.S.A. 39:4-10.1 requires all bicycle riders and passengers who are under the age of 17 to wear a helmet while riding.

There are many laws that dictate how bicyclists must behave on the roadway. N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 and 39:4-10.11 require bicyclists to ride as near to the right side of the road as possible. In fact, riders should only leave the far right side of the road to avoid a standing vehicle, to make a left turn, to pass a slower vehicle, or to travel around debris. Also, riders are required to travel in single-file lines unless riding two abreast will not impede traffic.

Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.1: "Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver." This means that motorists must yield the right of way to bicyclists as they would any other vehicle at street intersections.

When a bicyclist obeys New Jersey laws and is still involved in an accident, the at-fault driver can be held accountable for the crash. In such cases, a skilled attorney can help the injured bicyclist pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

The experienced Princeton bicyclist injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping injured bicyclists. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered an injury in a New Jersey bike accident. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.

July 3, 2012

The Danger of Dooring Accidents in New Jersey

New Jersey bicyclists are frequently in danger of suffering a serious injury in a "dooring" accident. A dooring accident occurs when an occupant of a parked car fails to look behind the vehicle before opening the door. This negligent act is particularly dangerous for bicyclists who may be traveling at a relatively high rate of speed before suddenly crashing into the door. In such cases, it is common for the bicyclist to be thrown onto the roadway. Dooring accidents can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

New Jersey Bike Dooring AccidentBicyclists are required to ride with traffic and to travel as far to the right as possible. This means that many bicyclists are traveling closely along the driver's side of parked cars. All bicycle riders should try to ride at least three feet to the left of parked cars in case a door suddenly opens. All drivers should make it a habit to check behind them before opening their door.

Any time a bicyclist crashes into a car, there is the potential for a serious injury to occur. Even riders who are wearing helmets can suffer a devastating bike accident head injury if they strike the pavement or a vehicle. Victims of these types of violent collisions often suffer severe neck and back injuries as well.

Drivers who negligently open their doors without looking for bicyclists can be held liable for the injuries and damages they cause. An experienced NJ bike crash injury lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein protects the rights of bicyclists. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

June 26, 2012

Bike Lane Intrusion a Frequent Cause of Serious Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey

Princeton Bicycle Car CollisionMany New Jersey cities are making a concerted effort to design roadways with bike lanes. This added space allows bicyclists to ride along the roadway without having to worry about being in traffic lanes. Unfortunately, accidents can happen even when a cyclist safely and legally rides within a bike lane. These types of accidents often involve a car striking the back or side of a bicycle, seriously or even fatally injuring a bicyclist.

There are a number of ways in which a negligent driver can cause a New Jersey bike lane intrusion accident. Drivers who are distracted, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fatigued may take their eyes off the roadway or lose focus long enough to allow their vehicle to veer into the bike lane. Other motorists may make a right turn in front of a cyclist without first checking their rear-view mirror or blind spots.

When these types of collisions occur, the resulting injuries may be serious or even fatal. Even bicyclists who are wearing proper head protection may suffer a bike accident traumatic brain injury if their head collides with a vehicle or the roadway. Others may suffer from severe laceration injuries, broken bones, or neck injuries.

These types of injuries can result in expensive medical bills, lost wages, and significant pain and suffering. A skilled bicycle accident attorney can help the injured victims pursue compensation for all of their damages and losses. The experienced New Jersey bike accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein fight to protect the rights of injured bicyclists. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

June 14, 2012

Driver Cited for Causing Deadly New Jersey Bicycle Collision

The driver responsible for a fatal New Jersey bicycle accident has been officially cited for the collision. According to The Lawrenceville Patch, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on Route 1 North at one of the Interstate 95/295 exit ramps on May 7. Officials say the 59-year-old male driver failed to follow the marked course of the roadway and struck a bicyclist with his 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The 59-year-old Trenton bicyclist succumbed to his injuries shortly after the collision at a nearby trauma center. Weeks later, the driver was officially ticketed for the fatal car accident for "failing to obey a traffic control device."

Riding your bicycle in New Jersey can be a healthy way to get around without having to pay the ever-rising prices on gas. It can also, unfortunately, be extremely dangerous. The New Jersey State Police keep a running record of traffic fatalities throughout the year. As of June 8, there have been 239 traffic fatalities in the state of New Jersey in the year 2012. Of those victims, seven were bicyclists. One of the victims was between 18 and 20 years of age, one was between 25 through 29 years of age and five were between the ages of 50 and 64.

Anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal bicycle accident would be well advised to speak with an experienced lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. If it is determined that the driver was negligent at the time of the crash, then financial compensation may be available for the family’s terrible loss.

A skilled Princeton bicycle crash lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein helps victims and their families pursue fair compensation for their losses. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered a loss in a New Jersey auto accident. Please call us to find out how we can help you.

May 28, 2012

Costs Associated with a New Jersey Bicycle Accident

Anytime a New Jersey bicycle collision occurs, there is the potential for the bicyclist to suffer serious injuries and substantial losses. Being struck by a car and being thrown to the roadway can result in devastating broken bone injuries or even a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. It is often difficult to calculate just how many costs are associated with these types of injuries because many victims suffer devastating physical, emotional, and financial losses from which they may never fully recover.

In addition to the initial emergency room costs and expenses associated with diagnostic tests and treatments, bicycle accident-related injuries often require future hospital visits. During the claims process, the victim will have to calculate expenses relating to all future check-ups, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation services, and potential surgical procedures that may be needed for a full recovery.

Victims of New Jersey bicycle accidents will also have to consider how the accident affected their ability to earn wages. Were there wages lost while healing? Will the victim be able to return to work? Did the injuries require the victim to take on a lower-paying job?

Another important part of calculating the costs associated with a New Jersey bicycle accident is taking into consideration the amount of pain and suffering the victim has endured every day since the accident. Serious injuries often lead to substantial physical pain, limited physical abilities, mental anguish, and even depression. A knowledgeable lawyer will know how to calculate the monetary value of such non-economic losses.

It can be challenging to receive fair compensation for the injuries suffered in a New Jersey bicycle accident. Victims would be well advised to speak with the experienced bike crash injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

May 23, 2012

Recent Bike Recalls Show Dangers of Defective Bicycle Products in New Jersey

NJ Bike Crash InjuryMany bicycle riders take for granted that their bicycle will work properly. Unfortunately, it is common for bicycles to be defectively assembled or designed and for the rider to suffer because of it. A cracked frame or defective brake can force a rider to lose control and suffer a serious injury. If you regularly ride a bicycle in New Jersey, it may be in your best interest to stay abreast of recent recalls on defective bicycle parts to make sure that you are not in danger.

Just about any defective part on a bicycle can lead to an accident. A broken seat, cracked frame, or defective brakes can force a rider to lose control and be thrown onto the roadway. For example, in April of 2012, Trek recalled all of their 3700D and 3900D bicycles for defective forks that break and cause the rider to lose control. At the time of the report, 12 people suffered injuries including lacerations and chipped teeth as a result of these bike defects. On May 10, about 1,100 Salsa Minimalist bicycle racks were recalled for falling off while in use, which poses a falling hazard. On April 18, Specialized Bicycle Brake Levers were recalled for potential crash hazards as well.

An individual who has been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident would be well advised to preserve the damaged bicycle, seek immediate medical attention, and hire a lawyer who can help determine liability for the crash. If a defective bicycle part contributed to the accident, then the at-fault manufacturer can be held liable for the losses suffered by the victim.

The experienced New Jersey defective bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold bicycle manufacturers accountable for their negligence. If you have been injured in a New Jersey bike crash caused by a defective part, please call our offices right away at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.

May 3, 2012

Bicycle Accidents Caused by Dangerous NJ Roadways

NJ Dangerous Roadway Bike CrashAs if negligent car drivers aren’t enough to worry about, New Jersey bicyclists also have to watch out for poorly designed and maintained roadways. Many bicycle accidents result from dangerous roadways each year in New Jersey. There are a number of different types of hazardous conditions that can result in a devastating or even fatal injury. Anyone who has suffered a loss in a New Jersey bicycle accident would be well advised to discuss his or her case with an experienced attorney who will help them understand their legal rights and options.

You can help decrease your chances of suffering an injury in a New Jersey bicycle crash by choosing well-lit roadways that have bike lanes or sufficient shoulders that allow you to stay off the road. Sadly, many New Jersey roadways are riddled with potholes, loose gravel, and debris that put bike riders at great risk. Car drivers may not even notice these types of hazards, but bicyclists can be thrown from their bikes or forced into a vehicle because of the unsafe conditions.

Just as at-fault car drivers can be held responsible for the damages they cause, so too can the governing body in charge of a dangerous roadway. For example, when a poorly designed roadway causes a tragic bicycle accident, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. This can be a challenging process and there are questions that must be asked. Did the accident result from a dangerous roadway condition? Did the government know of the hazardous conditions and fail to fix the problem?

In such cases, the bike accident attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein can help get the victim compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

May 2, 2012

Bike to Save a Life: Join the Hunger Cycle Tour in Kinnelon, NJ

NJ Charity Bicycle RideHunger is a serious problem around the world, but it also affects millions here in the United States as well. The World Food Programme, an organization which aims to fight hunger worldwide, states that hunger is the number one health risk in the world and that one in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.

Though the statistics are alarming, there is something Garden State residents can do to help. In the humanitarian tradition of “thinking globally and acting locally”, the upcoming Brake the Hunger Cycle Tour is a charity bike event in Northern New Jersey in which all proceeds are donated to the efforts to end hunger, both locally and abroad.

Here is all the essential information on this charity bike event so you can cycle to help end hunger:

When: The event will be held Saturday, May 5, and check in will be between 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., depending on the biking route selected.

Where: The Hunger Cycle Tour is at St. David’s Episcopal Church at 91 Kinnelon Rd. in Kinnelon, NJ.

Features: Charity bicyclists can select from 5 different routes for all experience levels, ranging from 4 miles to 62 miles; there will be a giant post ride BBQ with live music; and there will also be goodie bags, door prizes, and a ton of extras for participants!

What to Bring: All riders are required to wear a helmet, but they should also bring: a cell phone, sunglasses, water, spare inner tube, sunscreen, insect repellent, and of course, a smile.

Cost to Ride: For young riders 12 and under, the entry fee is $30. For adults, the entry fee will range from $40 to $50, depending on the biking route. No refunds will be given, but the fee is tax deductible.

The New Jersey bicycle accident attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein encourage bike enthusiasts to join the Hunger Cycle Tour to help eradicate hunger in the state of New Jersey and all over the world, and wish everyone a very safe ride!

May 1, 2012

Seeking Compensation for a Hit-and-Run Bicycle Crash in New Jersey

NJ Hit Run Bike AccidentIt is common for car drivers who are responsible for striking a bicyclist to panic and leave the scene of the crash. When this happens, the injured victim of the hit-and-run accident and his or her family is left to deal with the medical bills and other expenses. Victims of hit-and-run accidents often wonder if the negligent driver responsible for their suffering will be brought to justice and how to seek compensation for their losses if the driver is never found. There are legal options available for hit-and-run victims and a skilled bicycle accident attorney can help.

If the authorities find the at-fault driver, then he or she can be held liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages through civil litigation. A personal injury claim against the hit-and-run driver can result in compensation for all of the victim’s losses. If, however, the motorist is not found, then there are other options available.

In cases involving a hit-and-run bicycle accident in New Jersey where the at-fault party is not arrested, the victim may pursue compensation for his or her suffering through the uninsured motorist clause of their own insurance policy. This is why it is critical that all New Jersey families purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage can help support victims of hit-and-run accidents involving drivers who are not found, drivers who have inadequate insurance, and drivers who have no insurance at all.

The experienced Princeton bicycle crash injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of successfully helping victims and their families obtain compensation after a hit-and-run collision. To discuss your potential legal options at no cost, please call us at (609) 240-0040.

April 18, 2012

What is My New Jersey Bicycle Accident Claim Worth?

Anytime the steel frame of a larger vehicle strikes a bicyclist, there is the potential for serious injuries to occur. If you have been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, you may be wondering how much your claim may be worth. If the accident was caused by driver negligence, you may have an opportunity to pursue compensation for all of the losses you have suffered in the crash.

When determining how much your New Jersey bicycle accident claim may be worth, you will need to calculate your financial losses. Did you require emergency services? Were you hospitalized? Did you need surgery, medical devices, prescription drugs, or physical therapy? All of these bills can add up very quickly.

Princeton Bike Crash InjuryYour personal injury claim should cover all of these losses and can include the wages you lost while healing as well. Additional compensation is available for victims of injuries that decrease their earning potential or for individuals who have become disabled and are unable to work.

A skilled attorney can help you calculate non-economic damages as well. For example, a personal injury claim can include financial compensation for your physical pain and suffering. In cases of wrongdoing, compensation may also be available for punitive damages. Every case is different and it takes a skilled attorney to determine the true value of a claim.

The experienced NJ bike accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling such claims in New Jersey. We help bicyclists hold the at-fault driver accountable for the crash. To discuss how much your claim may be worth, please call our offices (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

April 10, 2012

What to Do if You Have Been Involved in a New Jersey Bicycle Accident

NJ Bike Accident InjuryThere are a number of steps you can take following a New Jersey bike accident to help protect your rights. First and foremost, if you have been hurt, call the authorities. If your neck or back hurts, it may be in your best interest to stay right where you are until emergency services arrive. In such cases, it may help to call a friend to visit the crash site to collect information for you because there are a number of things that should be done immediately following the accident.

You will need the contact information of the other parties involved in the collision. Be sure to get the driver’s license number and insurance details. Try to get the name and number of anyone who may have witnessed the crash as well. If the authorities arrive, make sure to get your account of the incident in the police report and to request a copy of the police report. Take photos of the crash site, your bicycle, the car, your injuries, any skid marks, and other physical evidence such as debris. Last but not least, seek medical attention right away.

Not only will seeing a doctor help increase your chances of a complete and speedy recovery, but it will also help document the severity of the injuries you have suffered. It is common for insurance companies to offer inadequate settlements following a bicycle accident and having extensive medical records can help bolster your case.

If you have suffered a serious injury in a New Jersey bicycle accident, the Princeton bicyclist injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

April 2, 2012

Seeking Compensation for Child Bicycle Accident Victims in New Jersey

NJ Bike Crash Child InjuryNo parent should have to cover the medical bills their child has suffered as the result of a negligent car driver. A motorist whose act of negligence results in injuries to a child should be held accountable for his or her actions. Anyone whose son or daughter has been injured in a NJ bike accident would be well advised to discuss his or her legal rights and options with a skilled personal injury lawyer.

A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that a victim, or a victim’s family, can file to hold a car driver responsible for an accident. For a claim to be successful, the family will have to prove that the driver was not exercising due care and that the bicycle accident was a direct result of driver negligence. Did the car’s driver run a stop sign? Was the motorist speeding or driving distracted? Was he or she under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

It is common for car drivers to claim that a child darted into traffic and that there was not enough time to avoid a collision. While this is sometimes true, it is not in the family’s best interest to accept this as the cause of the accident. Did someone else witness the crash? Was the driver distracted or inattentive at the time? A skilled attorney can also help determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the government entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.

A personal injury claim can result in financial compensation for the victim’s medical treatments, rehabilitation services, pain and suffering, and other damages. A New Jersey child bicycle accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein helps protect the rights of children who are injured in New Jersey bicycle accidents. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

March 27, 2012

What Legal Actions Can be Taken for Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey?

It is unfortunately common for a driver involved in a collision to panic and leave the scene of a crash in which someone has been seriously injured or killed. Leaving the scene of a car accident is particularly common in bicycle-related accidents because drivers may either not realize that a collision occurred or may frantically flee the scene worried that they caused fatal injuries in the collision.

It is important for all drivers to know that they will face substantially more severe penalties for leaving the scene of an accident than they would have faced for remaining at the crash site. Additionally, remaining at the crash site to offer assistance and call for emergency services is simply the right thing to do.

Drivers are not only morally obligated but also legally required to remain at the site of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-129: “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”

Victims of NJ hit-and-run bicycle accidents may pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages, suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services, and other related losses. A knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney can help a victim, or a victim’s family, understand how their own insurance policy applies to an incident when the suspect is not found or when the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

The experienced bicyclist injury attorneys in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of handling hit-and-run accidents in New Jersey. If a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

March 12, 2012

Teenage Bicyclist Killed in New Jersey Vehicle Collision

A 19-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident after a 2005 Ford Explorer struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Inquirer, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Officials say the teen bicyclist was in the roadway and not on the shoulder at the time of the collision. The Mays Landing bicyclist succumbed to his injuries that night. It is not clear why the 40-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was unable to avoid the collision or if he will face charges in connection with this fatal accident.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-14.2 and 39:4-10.11, bicyclists shall ride as near to the right of the road as practical and must exercise due care when passing vehicles. Bicyclists may move left to turn left, avoid debris, pass slower moving vehicles, travel alongside vehicles travelling at the same speed, and travel two abreast when traffic is not impeded. When a bicycle accident occurs, it must be determined who was at fault.

A driver does not have to be cited for a traffic violation to be held civilly liable for the damages he or she caused. It is important in such cases to look into whether the driver was negligent in any way. Was the car’s driver distracted, speeding, or otherwise careless? In such cases, an experienced lawyer can help the family pursue compensation for their terrible loss.

The experienced Princeton bike accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling bicycle accidents in New Jersey. We help victims and their families get fair compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. To discuss your legal rights and options after a bicycle accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040.

March 7, 2012

Bicyclist Killed in Newark Car Crash

A 54-year-old Irvington man was killed in a Newark car accident after a Ford Explorer struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal bicycle accident occurred at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Pierce Street. Officials say the 39-year-old driver of the Explorer turned from Springfield onto Pierce and struck the bicyclist. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after the accident at a nearby hospital. The driver has not been charged for the fatal collision but the accident remains under investigation.

Under New Jersey bicycle law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. As such, drivers must yield the right-of-way to bicyclists as they would to any vehicle. Whenever a car strikes a bicyclist, it must be determined who had the right-of-way and why the driver was unable to avoid the collision. Was the driver distracted, speeding, fatigued, or otherwise careless?

The family of a fatal bicycle accident victim would be well advised to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation. If it can be determined that the driver was negligent in any way, financial compensation may be available for the family’s terrible loss. In such cases, damages such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost future wages can be included in a wrongful death claim.

The experienced NJ bicyclist injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of protecting the rights of New Jersey bicycle accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation.

March 5, 2012

Do Bicyclists in New Jersey Need to Wear Helmets?

Under New Jersey Title 39:4-10.1, anyone younger than 17 years old who rides a bicycle, is a passenger on one, or is towed as a passenger by a bicycle is required to wear a safety helmet. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s website, this helmet law was extended in 1998 to include roller skates, inline skates, and skateboards as well. A bicycle is defined as “a vehicle with two wheels propelled solely by human power and having pedals, handle bars and a saddle-like seat.”

The law is also clear about the helmet requirements. All helmets must be properly fastened and fitted, should meet the federal standards as specified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and should have strong chin straps that keep the helmet in place in the event of a collision. Helmets have shown to significantly reduce head injuries, specifically bike accident traumatic brain injuries. First-time violators of the helmet law will receive warnings. In the case of minors, the parent or legal guardian may be fined $25 for a first offense and a maximum of $100 for subsequent offenses.

Despite helmets and other safety gear, bicyclists could suffer devastating injuries in the event of a crash. If a negligent driver caused the accident, then, the injured victims could seek compensation from the at-fault driver for damages. If the accident was caused by a dangerous roadway condition, then the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable.

The experienced Princeton bicycle accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of protecting the rights of injured bicyclists in New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.

February 23, 2012

What Are the Rights of Bicyclists in New Jersey?

Princeton Bicyclist Accident InjuryIn New Jersey, bicyclists have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists, and riders who choose to walk their bike have the same privileges as pedestrians. It is important for all bicyclists to understand not only the rules of the road, but also their legal rights should they become involved in an accident. Anyone injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident may have to prove that he or she was riding safely and legally, and that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. This is often necessary for the injured bicyclist to receive monetary compensation for his or her injuries, damages, and losses.

Under New Jersey statute 39:4-14.1: “Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver.” This means that riders must obey traffic signals and all drivers must yield the right-of-way to bicyclists who have already entered an intersection.

Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 and 39:4-10.11: “Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway shall ride as near to the right roadside as practicable exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.” Riders may move left to avoid debris or other hazardous conditions, to pass a slower moving vehicle or when travelling at the same speed as other traffic.

Anyone injured in such an accident should immediately contact the experienced bike accident injury lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation regarding their legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

February 15, 2012

Common Injuries Suffered in New Jersey Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are prone to suffering a number of different injuries. Even when a bicyclist wears a properly fitted helmet, there is the potential for a devastating head injury to occur. Anyone involved in a New Jersey bicycle accident would be well advised to exchange information with the car driver, notify the authorities, seek out medical attention, and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will protect his or her best interests.

New Jersey Bicyclist InjuryIt is common for bicyclists to suffer broken bone injuries when a car strikes them. Bicyclists often sustain fractured legs and hips when they are involved in collisions with other vehicles. If they attempt to break their fall by reaching out, they may suffer from broken bones in their wrist, hand, or forearm.

Head injuries can occur even in a low-speed collision. A bicyclist whose head strikes the car or the roadway may sustain substantial blunt head trauma resulting in devastating brain injuries. Symptoms could range from headaches and confusion to long-term disabilities involving a decrease in physical and mental abilities.

Spinal cord injuries are also common in bicycle accidents. When the spinal cord is twisted, shaken or crushed, there is the potential for neck and back injuries to occur. In such cases, the victim may suffer from paralysis or long-term chronic pain.

The skilled NJ bike crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling personal injury claims in New Jersey. We fight to get injured bicyclists the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. To discuss your legal rights and options, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 today.

February 8, 2012

Bicycle Accident Laws in New Jersey

New Jersey Bicycle Crash InjuryRiding your bicycle is a great way to save money while staying in shape. It is also, however, an easy way to suffer an injury. It is common for car drivers to fail to notice a bicycle rider or to fail to yield the right of way to a bicyclist. In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries suffered. Therefore, it is in every New Jersey bicyclist's best interest to become familiar with the laws pertaining to riding a bicycle in New Jersey.

Under tort law, injured victims of driver negligence may pursue financial compensation from the at-fault motorist. Therefore, after an accident, it is important to determine who was at fault for the New Jersey bicycle auto accident. Did the motorist fail to yield the right of way to the bicyclist? Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.1: "Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle."

Was the bicyclist exercising due care? N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 states: "Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction."

If it is determined that the bicyclist was following the law and the driver's negligence resulted in the collision, then, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the victim's medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages.

The experienced bike accident attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of protecting the rights of New Jersey bicyclists. If you or a loved one is injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

February 2, 2012

Bicyclist Killed in New Brunswick Hit-and-Run Car Crash

A 26-year-old man was recently killed in a New Jersey bicycle accident involving a hit-and-run driver, according to The Star Ledger, on Georges Road in New Brunswick. Officials say the New Brunswick man was riding his bicycle when a dark-colored Toyota 4Runner, built between 1995 and 2002, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck him. The 26-year-old bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The 4Runner immediately left the scene of the accident. Officials are looking for the public's help to track down the hit-and-run driver.

New Jersey motorists are legally required to stop and remain at the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-129: "The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene until he has fulfilled the requirements of subsection," including contacting the authorities and exchanging information with the injured victim.

The family of someone killed in a New Jersey hit-and-run accident would be well advised to discuss how to pursue compensation for the victim's wrongful death with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A skilled attorney can inform families in such cases about how they may seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy in cases where the hit-and-run suspect is not found.

The reputed New Jersey bicycle accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of handling hit-and-run cases in New Jersey. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a complimentary consultation.

February 1, 2012

Tips to Prevent Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey

NJ Bike CrashBicycle riders are prone to suffering devastating injuries whenever they are involved in a collision. While no amount of safety precautions can prevent all New Jersey bicycle accidents, there are steps that bicyclists can take to help prevent being struck by a vehicle.

One of the most important steps for bicyclists to staying safe on the roadway is to make themselves seen. All riders should wear bright and reflective gear while riding, whether it is dark out or not. Bicycles should have a white flashlight on the front near the handlebars and reflectors on the back of the pedals and behind the seat. Bicyclists should also make it a habit to not enter an intersection until they have made eye contact with any nearby driver. Assuming that you are seen by a driver can be a tragic mistake.

All bicyclists would be well advised to ride facing oncoming traffic and to stay to the far left side of the shoulder. Cycling routes should be preplanned around roadways with safe and wide shoulders and adequate street lighting. Last, but not least, New Jersey bicyclists should always remember to wear a helmet, which has been proven to help prevent catastrophic head injuries and fatalities.

The New Jersey bicycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully handled personal injury cases representing the rights of injured bicyclists and their families. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

October 14, 2011

Keep Children Safe with Proper Bicycle Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one fifth of all fatal bicycle accidents involve a youth between the ages of 5 and 15. A majority of accidents and injuries are entirely preventable, and in order to keep their children safe, parents can take a number of bicycle precautions.

bicycle-crash-6344614.jpgFirst and foremost, parents should not let their children ride without a helmet that fits snugly on their head. Having the right helmet can prevent a traumatic brain injury in New Jersey, which is most commonly suffered in bicycle accidents. Also, it is important that the bike is the right size for the child. If your child is ever involved in an accident or damages his or her helmet, make sure to replace it before your child rides again. Even if the damage is minimal, you want to make sure that the helmet is in good working condition.

Children should be taught early on to look left, right, and then left again before crossing the road. If your child is riding after sunset, make sure that the bike has multiple reflectors and that he or she is wearing bright clothing. It may also be in your best interest to teach your child hand signals so that cars will know when your child plans on turning. And last but not least, teach your child to follow the rules of the road, as this can help prevent the possibility of an accident occurring from unsafe riding.

If your child is injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, the experienced Princeton bicycle accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help protect your child's legal rights.

August 29, 2011

Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Bridgewater

A 54-year-old man was killed recently after a car struck his bicycle in Somerset County. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on East Main Street in Bridgewater. The bicyclist was fatally injured when a vehicle struck him from behind. The driver of the Mercedes Benz involved in this fatal crash failed to remain at the scene of the accident. Officials have requested information from anyone who may have witnessed this tragic hit-and-run accident.

It is a crime to leave the scene of an accident, especially when someone has been injured or killed. New Jersey Code 39:4-129 states: “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”

The family of someone killed in a bicycle accident in New Jersey may pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver by filing a wrongful death claim. This process becomes more complicated when the negligent driver leaves the scene of the crash and the authorities are unable to locate the at-fault party. In such cases, compensation may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim's or the family's own auto insurance policy.

The knowledgeable bike accident lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein know and understand how to handle complex accident cases, including hit-and-run accidents or incidents that involve uninsured or underinsured motorists. Please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

August 5, 2011

Tips to Avoid New Jersey Bicycle Accidents in the Summer

More people take to their bikes during the summer than any other time of year. More bikes, of course, means there is the potential for more bicycle accidents. Bike collisions in New Jersey are tragically common and the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. This summer, make sure you and your family are safe by following safe riding habits at all times.

One reason why there are more summertime bicycle accidents than other times of year is because it is warmer at night. Riding your bike at night is particularly dangerous because of limited visibility. Nighttime riders should have a white light on the front of their bike and reflectors on the front, pedals and rear of the bicycle. Additionally, bright clothes should be worn at all times. If possible, it can even help to wear a reflective vest.

Many summertime bicycle accidents occur near New Jersey's beautiful beaches. All bike riders should remember that many drivers leaving the beach have likely been drinking. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are less likely to obey traffic control devices or properly yield the right-of-way to bicyclists. Always bike defensively and keep your eyes open for dangerous or reckless drivers.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-10.1, only individuals under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle in New Jersey, but all bike riders would be well advised to wear a helmet. It may feel too warm in this summer to wear a helmet while riding, but failure to wear an approved and properly fitting helmet can put you at risk of a serious head injury in the event of a crash.

The bicycle accident attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein wish you and yours a safe summer. However, if you or a loved one are injured in a bike crash caused by the negligence of another, please do not hesitate to call our law offices for a free consultation at 609-240-0040.

June 3, 2011

Safety Tips to Follow to Avoid New Jersey Bicycle Accidents

According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, a head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. It is for this reason that all bicyclists under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet. In fact, all bicyclists are encouraged to wear a helmet while riding to help prevent catastrophic head injuries. Of course, the best way to avoid a serious New Jersey bike crash injury is to practice safe riding habits.

Bicyclists should not cross the street without first coming to a complete stop and making sure that motorists are aware of their intentions. Even though motorists in New Jersey are supposed to give the same right of way privileges to bicyclists as they do other drivers, it is common for drivers to fail to yield to bicyclists at intersections because of the smaller size of the bicycle. Drivers, for example, do not consciously look for a bicycle at a street intersection.

When possible, it is best for bicyclists to ride on sidewalks. When this is not an option, bicyclists should ride on the shoulder facing traffic. When riding at night, bright and reflective gear should be worn. Reflectors should be installed on the front and back of the bike frame as well as on the bike pedals. Also, a white light should be placed on the front of the bicycle to help illuminate the path ahead and to help oncoming vehicles see the bicyclist.

Despite these safe habits, there is always the possibility of bicycle accidents being caused by negligent drivers. When a New Jersey bike crash does occur, the Princeton bike accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein are here to help. Our experienced attorneys provide free consultations at 609-240-0040 to anyone injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Call us today to find out how we can help.

May 31, 2011

Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash with Taxicab in Jersey City

Recently, a woman was seriously injured after her bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run taxi cab driver at Clinton and West Side Avenues in Jersey City, according to a news report in The Jersey Journal. Officials say the taxi driver struck the bicyclist, dragged her underneath the taxi cab, and then reversed the vehicle and drove away. The female bicyclist suffered critical injuries. Authorities are searching for the taxi driver, whom officials have identified as a man with dreadlocks and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-129: “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” It is a felony to leave an injured victim without offering assistance. Victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left holding medical bills and are faced with additional financial burdens such as rehabilitation costs and loss of wages.

When the authorities find the hit-and-run driver, the victim may hold the at-fault motorist civilly liable for the crash by filing a personal injury claim. Victims of New Jersey bicycle accidents caused by hit-and-run drivers who are not located may be able to file a claim with their own insurance company if they have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If the bike crash was caused due to a dangerous roadway or intersection, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused.

The Princeton bicycle crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully helped injured victims and their families in New Jersey obtain just compensation for their damages and losses following a bike accident. Contact us at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive, and completely confidential consultation today.

April 1, 2011

The Role of Dangerous Roadways in New Jersey Bicycle Accidents

There are many potential causes of New Jersey bicycle accidents. When someone is injured while riding their bike in New Jersey, they may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries if the accident was caused by someone else's negligence. Injured victims can seek compensation for losses such as time away from work, medical bills and even non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. Very often, the at-fault party is a negligent driver, but there are cases where bicycle accidents are caused by dangerous or defective roadways.

Bicycles provide no real protection for their riders, and so bicyclists involved in an accident are prone to serious injuries. When an accident is caused by a hazardous roadway, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable for the damages. In order to do this, the victim will have to show that the hazardous roadway caused the accident and resulting injuries and that the governing body in charge of the roadway could have prevented the crash by rectifying the problem.

Examples of dangerous roadway conditions that can lead to New Jersey bicycle accidents include potholes, damaged sewer grates, uneven pavement, bike trails that are not properly maintained, lack of bike lanes and dangerous railroad crossings. Such hazardous roadways can cause catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage. A bicyclist who has been injured as a result of a dangerous roadway would be well-advised to contact a reputed New Jersey personal injury lawyer who has the experience standing up and fighting against public entities on behalf of injured clients and their families.

The knowledgeable Princeton bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein serve all of New Jersey. We understand the difficulties and challenges that come with filing a claim against a governmental entity. Our tenacious, skilled injury lawyers are here to help you recover fair compensation for all your injuries damages and losses. Call us today at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.

March 25, 2011

What Should You Do After a New Jersey Bicycle Accident?

If you have been hurt in a bike accident in New Jersey, the steps you take immediately after the crash will affect your ability to receive compensation for your injuries. The first thing you should do is contact the local authorities before seeking medical attention for your injuries. It is important that you file a police report so there is a record of the accident. Do not negotiate terms with the driver involved or admit fault for the crash. Instead, simply exchange information with the driver and wait for emergency services to arrive.

When the police arrive at the scene of the New Jersey bicycle crash, make sure your account of the incident is included in the report. If the police do not come, you should file a report at the nearest station within 24 hours. The police report may later serve as a valuable tool to explain how the crash occurred. You should also preserve your damaged bicycle, take photos of the crash scene, obtain eyewitness contact information, and keep track of your medical records.

Motorists who cause serious New Jersey bike crashes often dispute the charges while their insurance company may deny the victim’s claims. In such cases, an experienced attorney may be required to help protect the rights of the victim. A skilled lawyer can negotiate terms with insurance companies, and when necessary, represent the victim in a civil lawsuit.

The New Jersey bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help injured victims hold at-fault drivers accountable for the accidents and injuries they cause. If a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, call us at 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.

March 2, 2011

Driver Cited for Injury Bicycle Accident in Pennsville Township, NJ

A 46-year-old Carneys Point man was injured in a bike accident recently when a car struck his bicycle. According to a news report on NJ.com, the bicycle crash occurred on North Broadway in Pennsville Township as the bicyclist was riding on the shoulder when a vehicle driven by a 63-year-old man turned in front of him. The bicyclist was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials say the driver was at fault and was issued a citation for careless driving. It is unclear why the motorist failed to see the bicyclist.

According to a 2008 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 people were killed in New Jersey bicycle accidents, which accounts for 3.4 percent of all traffic accident-related fatalities across the state. It is common for bicyclists to be overlooked by distracted and negligent drivers. Anytime a bicyclist is injured in an accident, especially due to someone else's negligence, they would be well-advised to speak to a skilled lawyer to learn about their legal options.

One option that may be available to injured bicycle accident victims is to file a personal injury claim, which is a civil lawsuit that allows the victim to hold the at-fault driver responsible for the injuries and damages sustained in a New Jersey accident. Common damages recovered in a successful claim include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, and cost of continued treatment such as physical therapy or chiropractic care.

To understand the compensation that may be available to you following a car or bicycle accident in New Jersey, please call an experienced Princeton bicycle accident lawyer of Lependorf & Silverstein at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation. We have a long history of securing fair and full compensation for our clients.

December 27, 2010

Bicycle Accident in New Brunswick Proves Fatal

A Rutgers student was killed recently when a pickup truck struck her bicycle. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal New Jersey bicycle accident occurred on Route 18 north of New Brunswick. It is not clear if the 21-year-old bicyclist was riding or walking her bike across the street when she was hit. The pickup driver has not yet been cited for the fatal collision.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-14.1, “Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver.” This means that bicyclists in New Jersey must adhere to the same rules of the road as motorists. Bicyclists who choose to walk their bike across the street, however, are granted the same rights of a pedestrian. For example, when a bicyclist is walking their bike in a crosswalk, motorists must yield right-of-way just as they would in the case of a pedestrian.

The family of someone who has been tragically killed by a negligent driver in New Jersey may hold the at-fault motorist accountable for the crash by filing a wrongful death claim. No amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, but a successful wrongful death claim can help a family handle the financial losses suffered as result of a fatal collision. Common losses compensated by a New Jersey wrongful death claim include medical expenses, funeral bills, lost future income, and mental anguish.

The Princeton wrongful death lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully represented the rights of families of victims who have lost their lives in an accident caused by a negligent driver. If you have suffered such an irreparable loss, please contact our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.

December 9, 2010

New Jersey Truck Crash Kills Bicyclist

A 24-year-old man was killed in a Jersey City truck accident when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while riding his bicycle. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the fatal bicycle accident took place on Route 1&9 at Duncan Avenue in Jersey City. The man was riding his bicycle across 1&9 when a 2004 Freightliner rig struck him. Police investigating the crash are looking into who had right-of-way at the intersection.

The most common cause of a street intersection accident in New Jersey is failure to yield right-of-way. Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. The family of someone killed in a New Jersey car accident or bike crash may pursue financial compensation for their losses. A wrongful death claim is filed by immediate family members and seeks compensation to cover medical and funeral costs and lost future income. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a New Jersey bicycle accident would be well advised to speak with a skilled Princeton wrongful death attorney.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please contact the experienced Princeton bike crash lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation. Call us at 609-240-0040 today to find out how we can help protect your legal rights and options.

May 13, 2010

Readington Hit-and-Run Crash Injures Pair of Bicyclists

A man and a boy were struck by a vehicle and seriously injured while riding their bicycles in Readington on Saturday, May 1. According to The Star-Ledger, the driver of the vehicle which struck the pair of cyclists fled the scene prior to police arriving. The hit-and-run driver’s vehicle was ultimately stopped by law enforcement officials and the suspect was subsequently charged with careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident in New Jersey.

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome in bringing a New Jersey personal injury lawsuit related to a bicycle accident is the common misconception that cyclists are reckless and generally a nuisance on the public roads. If you have been struck by a vehicle while riding your bike, it is crucial that you take measures to preserve relevant evidence. You should:

  1. take photos;

  2. document relevant road conditions;

  3. obtain detailed information regarding property damage; and

  4. record any other important information that might have effected traffic, visibility or maneuverability.

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February 19, 2010

Motorist Charged in East Windsor Cyclist's Death

A 55-year-old East Windsor woman has been charged with vehicular homicide after it was discovered she was under the influence of prescription medication when she struck and killed a handicapped cyclist riding on Dutch Neck Road on February 16th.

The 54-year-old East Windsor male resident with cerebral palsy was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton shortly after the accident near the intersection of Dutch Neck Road and Wilmor Drive. The man was operating a specially designed tricycle. According to police, the man was riding west on Dutch neck Road when he was struck from behind by the woman’s vehicle. The force of the impact sent him flying into a snow bank at the side of the road.

The man’s close relatives will be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. There are multiple elements to a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jerseythat an experienced wrongful death attorney can explore.

Conscious pain and suffering is one important element of a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced wrongful death attorney will hire a medical expert who can review the autopsy and medical reports and opine as to the pain and suffering that the decedent experienced before his or her death. This pain and suffering is compensable.

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June 18, 2009

New Jersey Bicycle Accident Seriously Injures Man in Hit-and-Run

A 27-year-old bicyclist suffered severe injuries on Route 46 in Parsippany, The Star-Ledger reports in a story. The bicyclist, who has not yet been identified by officials, was discovered injured by another driver who then called authorities. The injured victim was found lying on the shoulder of Route 46 east between Cherry Hill Road and Lackawanna Avenue. The bicyclist was still straddling the bike he had been riding, the news report states. He was severely injured and was taken to an area hospital. Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed this possible hit-and-run bike accident in New Jersey.

Whether involving a pedestrian, bicyclist, or another vehicle, leaving the scene of a New Jersey car accident is a crime. The law (39:4-129 – Action in case of accident) states: "The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene until he has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c) of this section. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. Any person who shall violate this subsection shall be fined not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000, or be imprisoned for a period of 180 days, or both. The term of imprisonment required by this subsection shall be imposed only if the accident resulted in death or injury to a person other than the driver convicted of violating this section.

Section (c) of that code states the driver must give his name and address and show his driver's license and vehicle registration to the person injured or to the individual whose property has been damaged. Motorists are also required under this law to render "reasonable assistance" to the injured party, which could include taking the person to a hospital or getting help to transport him or her to the hospital.

If you have been seriously injured in a New Jersey bike accident, pedestrian accident, or auto accident as a result of someone else's negligence, please contact an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney who will help hold the negligent parties accountable and help you secure fair compensation for your injuries and loss. At Lependorf & Silverstein, we are skilled in personal injury law have the knowledge and resources to provide the quality legal representation you need during this difficult time. Call us today for a free evaluation.

November 12, 2008

Vineland Car Accident Kills Cyclist

A 49-year-old resident of Vineland, New Jersey, died from massive head trauma sustained in a bicycle accident after he was struck by a motor vehicle at a city street intersection. According to this news report, the accident occurred on October 24, 2008 when 49-year-old Gonzolo Sola Jr. was riding his bicycle near the corner of North 6th Street and Park Avenue. Sola had reportedly been crossing Park Avenue toward Landis Park when he was struck by 86-year-old Angelo Pinizzotto, who was heading west.

Sola was taken to an area hospital with massive head trauma. Pinizzotto was uninjured. Sola died a few hours after getting to the hospital. Police have not cited or arrested Pinizzotto pending further investigation.

Traffic investigators will very likely look into what caused this tragic Vineland bicycle accident. They will undoubtedly look into whether Pinizzotto was speeding or driving under the influence. Police will also look into whether the driver in this case was negligent or distracted by something else he was doing while operating his vehicle.

Often, families of deceased auto accident victims are entitled to compensation for wrongful death in cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved. If you or a loved one has lost someone in a fatal auto accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, please call a skilled New Jersey auto accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein to find out more about your legal options. We will fight hard to protect your rights and get the compensation you rightfully deserve.