Many New Jersey cities are making a concerted effort to design roadways with bike lanes. This added space allows bicyclists to ride along the roadway without having to worry about being in traffic lanes. Unfortunately, accidents can happen even when a cyclist safely and legally rides within a bike lane. These types of accidents often involve a car striking the back or side of a bicycle, seriously or even fatally injuring a bicyclist.
There are a number of ways in which a negligent driver can cause a New Jersey bike lane intrusion accident. Drivers who are distracted, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fatigued may take their eyes off the roadway or lose focus long enough to allow their vehicle to veer into the bike lane. Other motorists may make a right turn in front of a cyclist without first checking their rear-view mirror or blind spots.
When these types of collisions occur, the resulting injuries may be serious or even fatal. Even bicyclists who are wearing proper head protection may suffer a bike accident traumatic brain injury if their head collides with a vehicle or the roadway. Others may suffer from severe laceration injuries, broken bones, or neck injuries.
These types of injuries can result in expensive medical bills, lost wages, and significant pain and suffering. A skilled bicycle accident attorney can help the injured victims pursue compensation for all of their damages and losses. The experienced New Jersey bike accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein fight to protect the rights of injured bicyclists. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.