Recovering Compensation After a Bicycle Accident in New Jersey

Biking is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. It is also a great way to get from place to place. However, biking can be incredibly dangerous, especially when bicyclists share the road with cars. Read on to learn more about bicycle accidents in New Jersey.

How do bicycle accidents occur?

There are numerous ways for a bicycle accident to occur. However, these accidents are most commonly a result of driver negligence, either on the part of the cyclist or a motorist. Driver negligence often includes:

  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disciplining raucous children while driving
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to comply with traffic signs, lights, and other rules and regulations of the road

Steps to take after a bike accident:

If you are injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another party, you may be eligible to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. After an accident, make sure to:

  • Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
  • Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. In addition to providing you with necessary medical attention, it can also provide proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a large role in a personal injury case.
  • Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to provide important witness testimony. Be sure to ask for their name and contact information.
  • File your claim on time: In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean forfeiting your right to take legal action. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact an attorney right away.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, our firm will advocate for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.

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