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.