Riding your bicycle is a great way to save money while staying in shape. It is also, however, an easy way to suffer an injury. It is common for car drivers to fail to notice a bicycle rider or to fail to yield the right of way to a bicyclist. In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries suffered. Therefore, it is in every New Jersey bicyclist’s best interest to become familiar with the laws pertaining to riding a bicycle in New Jersey.
Under tort law, injured victims of driver negligence may pursue financial compensation from the at-fault motorist. Therefore, after an accident, it is important to determine who was at fault for the New Jersey bicycle auto accident. Did the motorist fail to yield the right of way to the bicyclist? Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.1: “Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.”
Was the bicyclist exercising due care? N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 states: “Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.”
If it is determined that the bicyclist was following the law and the driver’s negligence resulted in the collision, then, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages.
The experienced bike accident attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of protecting the rights of New Jersey bicyclists. If you or a loved one is injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.