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.