A 19-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident after a 2005 Ford Explorer struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Inquirer, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Officials say the teen bicyclist was in the roadway and not on the shoulder at the time of the collision. The Mays Landing bicyclist succumbed to his injuries that night. It is not clear why the 40-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was unable to avoid the collision or if he will face charges in connection with this fatal accident.
Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-14.2 and 39:4-10.11, bicyclists shall ride as near to the right of the road as practical and must exercise due care when passing vehicles. Bicyclists may move left to turn left, avoid debris, pass slower moving vehicles, travel alongside vehicles travelling at the same speed, and travel two abreast when traffic is not impeded. When a bicycle accident occurs, it must be determined who was at fault.
A driver does not have to be cited for a traffic violation to be held civilly liable for the damages he or she caused. It is important in such cases to look into whether the driver was negligent in any way. Was the car’s driver distracted, speeding, or otherwise careless? In such cases, an experienced lawyer can help the family pursue compensation for their terrible loss.
The experienced Princeton bike accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling bicycle accidents in New Jersey. We help victims and their families get fair compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. To discuss your legal rights and options after a bicycle accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040.