A 54-year-old Irvington man was killed in a Newark car accident after a Ford Explorer struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal bicycle accident occurred at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Pierce Street. Officials say the 39-year-old driver of the Explorer turned from Springfield onto Pierce and struck the bicyclist. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after the accident at a nearby hospital. The driver has not been charged for the fatal collision but the accident remains under investigation.
Under New Jersey bicycle law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. As such, drivers must yield the right-of-way to bicyclists as they would to any vehicle. Whenever a car strikes a bicyclist, it must be determined who had the right-of-way and why the driver was unable to avoid the collision. Was the driver distracted, speeding, fatigued, or otherwise careless?
The family of a fatal bicycle accident victim would be well advised to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation. If it can be determined that the driver was negligent in any way, financial compensation may be available for the family’s terrible loss. In such cases, damages such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost future wages can be included in a wrongful death claim.
The experienced NJ bicyclist injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of protecting the rights of New Jersey bicycle accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation.