Articles Posted in Bicycle Accidents

Fair Haven Councilman Jerome Koch, 63, suffered fatal injuries when a car struck his bicycle. According to an news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on River Road near Elm Place in Fair Haven. He was pronounced dead the day after the crash at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. It is unclear what caused the crash, but it does not appear from the report that the driver will face citations for the crash.

Even skilled and experienced riders can suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash. Bicyclists are simply not provided enough protection to survive a major collision. This is why all bicyclists would be well advised to:
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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.
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Riding your bicycle is a great way to get around New Jersey, but it can be very dangerous. Make sure that you always wear a helmet and bright clothing. Ride defensively and never assume that a driver sees you or that you will be given the right-of-way at an intersection. Accidents are common and they can result in devastating injuries for bicyclists.

If you are injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. Immediately after an accident, make sure you:
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In many parts of the United States, including here in New Jersey, the winter biking season has begun. The bike lanes often turn into snow lanes. There is hardly any buffer between bikes and cars. Slippery and icy roads can add to dangers presented to bicyclists. When it’s snowing, visibility can also be considerably diminished.

Here are a few tips on how to stay warm and safe when you ride your bike all winter:
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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.
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What you do after a bicycle accident can be critical when it comes to protecting your legal rights. It might have an impact on how much compensation you recover for your injuries, damages, and losses. The actions you take in the aftermath of an accident can also affect the outcome of any lawsuits that are filed as a result of the incident.

There are several steps you can take after a bicycle accident. First, remain as calm as possible. Wait for the police to arrive at the scene so that they can file a report. This is important to do even if you believe that you have not been injured in the accident. Filing a police report creates a record of what happened and gets your account of the incident on the record.
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Bike riding is an excellent way for children to have fun while exercising. Unfortunately, thousands of young cyclists are injured each year in preventable traffic accidents. If your child is old enough to start riding a bicycle, there are a number of safety measures you can take to ensure that your young rider doesn’t get injured.

No amount of preparation and training can prevent all child bicycle accidents, but here are a few safety tips to remember:
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A 34-year-old Jersey City woman, also the co-owner of the popular Kraverie restaurant, was killed in a recent bicycle hit-and-run crash. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the fatal accident occurred when a 24-year-old woman driving a 2008 silver Volkswagen struck the bicyclist on Marin Boulevard and then fled the scene. Police later arrested the driver. Police said the bicyclist was riding southbound in the northbound lane and was not wearing a helmet.

Local bike safety advocates are saying that this hit-and-run incident sheds light on the need for more safety measures on Jersey City roadways and increased driver and cyclist education. The city recently added striped bike lanes on Grove Street and plans to install 35.2 miles of striped bike lanes as well as 19.5 miles of shared lanes.
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As reported by, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has had another bicycle accident. This accident is his third major bicycle accident since his first in 1993. In 1993, Justice Breyer suffered injuries including multiple broken ribs and a punctured, collapsed lung when he was struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle in Harvard Square, according to reports.

In May 2011, Justice Breyer suffered a fractured right clavicle (collarbone) while riding his bike in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near his home. According to NPR‘s Nina Totenberg, in this, his most recent bicycle accident, Justice Breyer was riding his bicycle on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when he went down. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The 74-year-old Supreme Court Justice required surgery to repair a fractured right shoulder. Kathleen Arberg, spokesperson for the U.S. Supreme Court, said Justice Breyer underwent reverse shoulder replacement surgery after suffering a proximal humerus fracture. The surgery was performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
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Courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the following advice is offered to keep New Jersey bicyclists safe while they enjoy the ride.


Each year, approximately 1,000 bicyclists lose their lives in the U.S. due to bicycle accidents. Eighty percent of those deaths are the result of head/brain trauma. Every bicyclist should own and use a bicycle helmet. The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein offer the following tips regarding bicycle helmet use and staying visible:

  • All bicycle helmets should bear a sticker indicating approval by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Snell Memorial Foundation, or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These stickers show helmets have met established safety standards.
  • Helmets should be lined with firm Styrofoam.
  • Helmets’ fit should be snug. The helmet should not shift from side to side on the bicyclist’s head.
  • Wear only helmets that have been specifically designed for riding bicycles.
  • All bicycle helmets should consist of outer shell, liner to absorb impact, comfort liner, cooling vents for comfort, strong chin straps made of nylon, and a secure helmet buckle.

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