Bicyclists Have Rights, Too!
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Thu Jul 2018
- Bicycle Accident,
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you have legal rights. With the help of a New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer, you may be able to get the financial compensation to cover the personal injuries your have suffered and the damages you have incurred.
Bicycles Are Vehicles With The Same Rights and Responsibilities
In New Jersey, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle and bicyclists are therefore afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. Bicyclists have an equal right to share the road. But motorists who do not know how to share the road with bicyclists will bare the liability.
Bicycle Accident Liability
In the majority of cases liability for bicycle accident fall on the motorist who failed to properly share the road with the bicyclist victim. A driver who is otherwise negligent or reckless and puts others on the road, including bicyclists, in danger, will be held liable for the victims’ medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses suffered by the victim.
The city, county or state can also be held liable for bicycle accidents if hazardous roadways were the cause. Dangerous roads include failing to properly fix potholes, removing dangerous debris from the road or remedying dangerous blind turns. Your New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer will hold the agency or department that is in charge of such maintenance liable for the losses and personal injuries you suffered as a result of your bike accident.
Lastly, if the accident was caused by a defective bicycle or a manufactured part, then the manufacturer may be held liable for their negligence.
We Can Help
Being injured in any traffic accident can have life altering consequences, but the hardships and injuries of a bicycle crash are even more significant. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you deserve to be financially compensated for your injuries and losses.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer Dan Matrafajlo, please call (908) 248-4404.