Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey
Riding a bike is a popular means of travel with good reason. Bicycles are environmentally friendly, they provide great exercise, and they are economical and fun. One of the only major downfalls to riding a bike is the risk of injury.
Bicycle Accidents involving Motor Vehicles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicycle riders are more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than drivers or passengers in motor vehicles. Moreover, bicycle accident fatalities are often the result of head injuries. Wearing a helmet can reduce this risk by 85%.
In 2012, over 700 cyclists were killed and almost 50,000 cyclists were injured in crashes with cars. Bike riders account for about two percent of all car accident fatalities and injuries in the U.S.
Designated bike lanes on roads can help reduce the risk of bicycle accidents; however, they may not be widely available in many areas. Cyclists are encouraged to take the following precautions to avoid being hit by a car while riding a bike on the road.
- Outfit your bike with headlights and rear lights.
- Use hand signals when turning.
- Limit distractions such as music and mobile phones.
- Follow traffic rules.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic.
Driver Behavior can Prevent Bicycle Accidents
Unfortunately, a bike rider cannot prevent all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycles are, by law, subject to the same rules and regulations as cars and other motor vehicles on the road. While cyclists have a responsibility to abide by all traffic rules, drivers are also responsible for taking precautions to avoid hitting people who are riding bikes on the road. The majority of crashes involving bicycles and cars occur at intersections where a driver either fails to see or fails to yield to a bicycle rider. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has specific guidelines that motorists must follow to prevent a car accident with a bicycle.
- Drivers must allow at least three feet on the right side of the road for bikes to travel.
- Drivers should watch for cyclists before making turns.
- Drivers must check for bike riders before opening car doors or pulling out of parking spots.
- Bicycles have the right of way at intersections, and when being directed by signs or signals.
Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Individuals Injured in Bicycle Accidents
Bike riders can easily be killed or severely injured when involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident or a truck accident. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to collect monetary compensation for your injuries from a liable driver. Injury compensation may include medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, or wrongful death. Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at DiTomaso Law offer dedicated, experienced and dependable legal representation.
Contact DiTomaso Law online or call 856-414-0010 for a free case evaluation with a skilled Cherry Hill bicycle accident lawyer. Our offices are conveniently located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to serve accident victims in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the South Jersey communities of Cherry Hill, Mount Holly and Camden County.