Recovering Compensation Following a New Jersey Bicycle Accident

Spring, summer, and fall are the ideal biking seasons, for several reasons. The cool breeze, the beautiful sights, and the exercise are just a few perks of riding a bicycle. You may even use a bicycle as your primary form of transportation, especially if you live in an urban area. Unfortunately, bicycles are one of the riskiest forms of transportation, as you have very little protection. Because of this, if a cyclist is in an accident, there is a good chance he or she took the brunt of it. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most common causes and factors of bicycle accidents?

There are several potential contributors to bicycle accidents that are not necessarily related to motorist’s negligent behavior. For example, extreme weather conditions, such as heavy snow often cause motorists to lose control of their vehicles. Additionally, poor road conditions or negligent design may contribute to bicycle accidents. If a bicyclist hits an unexpected pothole or debris, he or she may be seriously injured as a result. Even faulty or defective bicycle parts can cause an accident. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. Here are some examples of negligent driving behavior:

  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Smoking while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Ignoring rules of the road
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs

What are the most common injuries sustained as a result of a bicycle accident?

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents very often end in head injuries. Some additional frequent bicycle-related injuries are as follows:

  • Fractured bones
  • Road rash
  • Neck injuries
  • Dental fractures
  • Facial contusions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Muscular strains
  • Eye trauma
  • Dislocated joints

How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation following a bicycle accident?

If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a very good chance you will recover financial compensation. However, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. Luckily, an experienced attorney can help you do so. Additionally, you should try and recover any security camera footage that may have recorded the accident. If you live in an urban area, there is a good chance that a security camera caught your accident on film. Receiving medical attention is also critical in proving your personal injury claim, as a medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, which you may use to prove your claim.

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