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.