Under New Jersey bike law, the family of someone killed in a bicycle accident as a result of negligence or wrongdoing may pursue compensation for their losses from the at-fault party. There are many types of losses that may be covered through a wrongful death claim, but the plaintiffs, often immediate family members of the deceased victim, must prove fault and liability first.
The cause of an accident often has an impact on whether the victim’s family members will be able to seek compensation for their significant losses. If the victim was solely responsible for the crash, it may be extremely challenging to receive compensation. If, however, a driver was speeding, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or behaving recklessly at the time of the collision, then compensation may be available by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
A successful wrongful death claim will result in compensation for medical bills, hospitalization costs, funeral expenses, lost future wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. There are many types of losses that should be taken into consideration in such cases. A wrongful death claim is usually filed by a close family member such as a spouse, child, parent, sibling, domestic partner, or anyone else who was financially dependent on the victim.
No one affected by a crash should accept a settlement from an insurance company without first discussing the case with a skilled lawyer. The experienced New Jersey bicyclist wrongful death lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered a loss in a bicycle accident. Please contact our attorneys right away to discuss your legal rights and options.