A 48-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his bicycle was struck by a tractor-trailer. According to The Brick Patch, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 88 at Coolidge Drive in Brick. Officials say the bicyclist rode up alongside the truck as it began to turn right at the intersection. The Point Pleasant man struck the cab of the truck before being thrown to the ground and hit by the rear wheels. Despite attempts to treat the victim, his injuries proved fatal. The official investigation is still underway.
Many of the most devastating bicycle accidents occur at intersections. It is easy to overlook a bicycle. Motorists often fail to observe a bicyclist or pedestrian at street intersections. Under New Jersey bicycle law, bicyclists have the same rights on the roadway as drivers. Therefore, all car and truck drivers must yield the right of way to bicyclists like any other vehicle.
The family of a deceased New Jersey bicycle accident victim should discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced legal representative. If it is determined that driver negligence was the cause behind the collision, then he or she can be held liable for the damages. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost future income.
The experienced Princeton bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping families get fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal crash.