Have you or a loved one been hurt in a New Jersey bicycle accident? According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 630 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the year 2009. Surviving victims of New Jersey bike crashes often incur significant financial losses including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services, and other related damages. Fortunately, injured cyclists have rights that allow them to pursue compensation for their losses.
In order to pursue financial compensation following an injury accident, victims must prove how and why the crash occurred. Was the injured cyclist solely responsible for the crash or did the negligence of someone else contribute to it? In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, the injured victim has the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties.
There are steps you can take to protect your rights. First, get your side of the story in the police report and get a copy of it. The police report will typically have details about who was involved in the accident and when it occurred. Collect contact information from the at-fault driver and from anyone who witnessed the crash. It is also important to take photos of the crash site and to seek medical attention right away. Last but not least, a skilled NJ bicycle accident injury attorney can help a victim protect his or her legal rights and options.
Reputed attorney David Silverstein at Lependorf & Silverstein has a long history of fighting for the rights of injured bicyclists. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in a New Jersey bicycle accident.