Summertime is a great time to get around New Jersey on your bike. You can stay fit, have fun, and save money. However, bicycling in New Jersey can prove dangerous if you are not careful. Make sure you always wear a helmet and exercise safe riding habits.
Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when riding this summer:
- Increase your visibility. Under New Jersey law, all riders at night are required to have a front headlamp that emits a white light, a rear lamp with a red light, and a red rear reflector. Whether you are on your bike at night or during the day, you should wear bright clothes and put reflectors on your shoes, helmet, and bags.
- Make sure motorists hear you. All New Jersey bicyclists are required to equip a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away.
- Obey the rules of the road. Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists.
- Use caution when lane splitting. It is tempting to ride between cars that are stopped at intersections. If you choose to lane split in stopped traffic, use caution. Drivers may not see you before attempting to turn or change lanes.
- Avoid blind spots. Try not to ride in a vehicle’s blind spot for too long. Drivers may not see you until it is too late.
- Check your bike. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and that your brakes are in working order before hitting the roadway.
- Pay attention to the roadway conditions. You must slow down if the roadways are wet. You should also use caution when the roadway has loose gravel, debris, or potholes.
- Keep an eye out for turning cars. It is common for cars to turn in front of bicyclists when entering the roadway from intersections, driveways, and alleyways. Always keep your eyes on the roadway ahead of you and use caution near driveways.
If you are involved in a New Jersey bicycle accident this summer, make sure you research your legal options. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. An experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer will be able to help you navigate the claims process and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for all your injuries, damages, and losses.