Understanding Your Rights under Bicycle Laws in New Jersey

There are many different laws regulating bike riding under Title 39 of the New Jersey Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation laws. Following the law can help you avoid being involved in a New Jersey car accident. For example, N.J.S.A. 39:4-10 requires bicyclists who ride at night to have a white front headlamp and a red rear light. Visibility is key to avoiding a serious bike accident injury at night.

Many of New Jersey’s bicycle laws are meant to protect bicyclists. Bicycle passengers should be limited to the number of seats on the bike under N.J.S.A. 39:4-12, and under N.J.S.A. 39:4-11, all bicycles must be equipped with a bell. N.J.S.A. 39:4-10.1 requires all bicycle riders and passengers who are under the age of 17 to wear a helmet while riding.

There are many laws that dictate how bicyclists must behave on the roadway. N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 and 39:4-10.11 require bicyclists to ride as near to the right side of the road as possible. In fact, riders should only leave the far right side of the road to avoid a standing vehicle, to make a left turn, to pass a slower vehicle, or to travel around debris. Also, riders are required to travel in single-file lines unless riding two abreast will not impede traffic.

Under N.J.S.A. 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 bicyclists as they would any other vehicle at street intersections.

When a bicyclist obeys New Jersey laws and is still involved in an accident, the at-fault driver can be held accountable for the crash. In such cases, a skilled attorney can help the injured bicyclist pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

The experienced Princeton bicyclist injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping injured bicyclists. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered an injury in a New Jersey bike accident. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.