New Jersey Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Congested roadways, the high cost of commuting, and parking restrictions have combined to dramatically increase the popularity of bicycles and small motorized vehicles like mopeds over the past three decades. A convenient and inexpensive alternative, bicycles and mopeds are now the main mode of transportation for many people in our state.
In light of this, cities have constructed special bike lanes and many parks have now made trails accessible to bicycles. Even some vehicle manufacturers are now offering bike racks as standard equipment. However, many automobile drivers do not respect the bicyclists’ right to share the roads, or in some cases, simply do not see them at all.
If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in a bicycle accident, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys can help.
At Aiello Harris, we represent families and individuals in New Jersey in bicycle accident cases. As a firm, we are fully committed to protecting our clients’ rights and to seeking the best possible outcome for each person we represent. We have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to succeed in the most challenging and complex bicycle injury cases.
Bicycle Helmet Laws
Because New Jersey laws also place certain obligations on bicyclists themselves — including the requirement that safety helmets be worn by minors — it can be difficult to establish the liability of motor vehicle drivers. Nonetheless, our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys and staff are able to undertake difficult cases and prevail — convincing skeptics of the merits of a claim via credible, trustworthy evidence and objective test findings.
In the United States, a bicyclist is fatally injured every 6 hours and nearly one million children are injured every year in bicycle related accidents. While collisions with automobiles only account for 1/3 of the accidents, they account for the majority of the catastrophic injuries, 75% of which are head injury cases.
Insurance Coverage Issues – No Fault Statute
Something else to be aware of is that under New Jersey law, a bicycle rider is considered a pedestrian for insurance purposes. Because of this, if you are injured by an automobile while operating a bicycle, you may be entitled to have your medical bills paid by your automobile insurance company. Under New Jersey’s “no-fault” statute, your automobile insurance company is generally responsible for the payment of the medical bills regardless of fault.
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However, in order to establish a medical claim with your automobile insurance company, you must promptly notify the company of the accident and complete necessary paperwork. If this is not done, the claim may be denied.
For a free initial consultation and an honest evaluation of your bicycle accident case, call Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online.