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.