In New Jersey, bicyclists have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists, and riders who choose to walk their bike have the same privileges as pedestrians. It is important for all bicyclists to understand not only the rules of the road, but also their legal rights should they become involved in an accident. Anyone injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident may have to prove that he or she was riding safely and legally, and that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. This is often necessary for the injured bicyclist to receive monetary compensation for his or her injuries, damages, and losses.
Under New Jersey statute 39:4-14.1: “Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver.” This means that riders must obey traffic signals and all drivers must yield the right-of-way to bicyclists who have already entered an intersection.
Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 and 39:4-10.11: “Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway shall ride as near to the right roadside as practicable exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.” Riders may move left to avoid debris or other hazardous conditions, to pass a slower moving vehicle or when travelling at the same speed as other traffic.
Anyone injured in such an accident should immediately contact the experienced bike accident injury lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation regarding their legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.