A 68-year-old Bedminster man was injured in a New Jersey car accident when a 21-year-old driver struck his bicycle. According to My Central Jersey, the bicycle accident occurred near County Road 523 and Ryerson Road in Readington. Officials say the bicyclist was in the westbound lane of traffic near the shoulder when the 21-year-old driver struck him. The victim suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover. It is unclear why the driver was unable to avoid the collision or if he will face charges for the crash.
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 motorists must yield the right of way to bicycles as they would to vehicles. When a bicycle is in a lane of traffic, New Jersey bicycle law requires rider to be “as near to the right roadside as practicable.” Riders are, however, allowed to enter traffic when it is safe to do so to avoid debris or slower moving vehicles.
When a motorist fails to yield the right of way to a bicyclist, the injured cyclist can pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
The experienced bicyclist injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping injured bicyclists get fair compensation for their damages and losses. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered an injury in a New Jersey bicycle accident.