A 64-year-old bicyclist was injured after his cycle collided with an SUV. According to a report in The Hillsborough Beacon, the incident occurred on Amwell Road near Pineywoods Road. Police said a 2004 Toyota Highlander driven by a 75-year-old man was turning left into the parking lot of the Amwell Commons center when it collided with a mountain bike that the victim was riding. The bicyclist was transported to a New Brunswick hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
A number of bicycle accidents in New Jersey occur when motorists are making left turns. When a driver makes a left turn or U-Turn, under New Jersey law, he or she is required to yield the right-of-way to all oncoming vehicles and make the turn only when it is safe to do so. Also, under the law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles.
With winter approaching and days getting shorter, there are several steps New Jersey bicyclists can take to remain more visible:
- Light up: Bicyclists should have a white front light, a red rear light, a red rear reflector, and amber pedal reflectors on each pedal.
- Wear reflective clothing: When biking at night, your clothing can be the key to visibility. Wear light-colored, reflective clothing to ensure that others on the road see you clearly. Reflective tape and reflective vests are great ways to increase your visibility.
- Ride with caution: Use arm signals when you’re turning and always follow traffic laws. Do not forget to watch out for pedestrians who may not be as aware of cyclists at night.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609)240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.