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.