If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey and someone else is to blame, the Law Office of Steven Ellman can help you demand the compensation you deserve from the at-fault party. You should not have to pay the consequences of someone else’s mistakes, and Steven Ellman is ready to fight hard on your behalf.
For over 35 years, New Jersey bicycle accident attorney Steven Ellman has aggressively protected the rights and interests of injured New Jerseyans like you. Whether at the negotiating table, in arbitration, or in court, Steven Ellman vigorously pursues the best possible results for his clients. He will listen to your concerns, understand your needs and goals, and lay out your legal options so you can make the best decisions to meet them. And because Steven Ellman works on a contingency fee basis, you won’t have to pay anything upfront and will owe us no fees unless he recovers compensation for you.
Contact the Law Office of Steven Ellman today to speak with a New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer who knows how to demand the full recovery you deserve.
What Are the New Jersey Bicycle Laws?
Important state laws in New Jersey specify that:
- A bicycle is defined as any human-powered two-wheeled vehicle with a rear-wheel drive and a seat height of 26 inches or more in its lowest position.
- Bicycles must have a white front white headlamp and a rear-facing red lamp visible from at least 600 feet whenever ridden at night.
- Bicycles must have a horn or bell audible from at least 100 feet.
- Bicycles must have brakes.
- Bicyclists may not ride with their feet removed from the pedals or hands removed from the handlebars.
- Bicycles may only carry passengers if designed and equipped to do so by the manufacturer.
- Bicycles, when on the roadway, have the same rights and obligations as all other vehicles.
- Bicyclists must ride in designated bike lanes where available. If no bike lanes are available, riders should stay as close to the right side of the roadway as possible. Bicyclists may move to the left when making a left turn, avoiding debris or roadway hazards, or passing a slower-moving vehicle.
- Bicycles may ride two abreast in a traffic lane so long as riders do not impede motor vehicle traffic.
- Anyone under the age of 17 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
- Motorists must leave at least 4 feet of space between their vehicle and a bicycle when passing.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey
Many New Jersey bicycle accidents are the result of a careless, reckless, or simply inattentive motorist. Motorists put cyclists at risk of a bicycle accident injury by:
- Speeding and driving too fast for road conditions
- Passing too closely to a bicycle
- Driving recklessly, including racing or swerving through traffic
- Turning or changing lanes without signaling or checking mirrors and blind spots
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Texting while driving or other engaging in other distracted driving behaviors
- Driving without the experience to do so safely
- Disregarding traffic signals and signs
- Backing up or exiting a parking space without looking behind
- Opening doors of a street-parked vehicle without looking for oncoming bicycle traffic
Other common causes of bike crashes include:
- Design or manufacturing defects of bikes or vehicle parts
- Low visibility due to heavy fog, precipitation, or low lighting
- Unsafe road or intersection design
- Road hazards, such as debris, potholes, or open grates
- Wet or icy road conditions
What to Do After a New Jersey Bike Accident
What you do in the aftermath of a New Jersey bicycle accident can seriously affect your ability to pursue compensation for your losses. If possible, you should:
- Take photos and videos of the accident scene if you can, including damage to your bicycle and the vehicle that hit you, skid marks on the road, traffic signs or signals, and weather, lighting, and traffic conditions. Photograph any visible injuries you may have suffered.
- Report the accident to your car insurance provider if you have a policy.
- See a doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible to document any injuries you suffered in the crash. Follow your provider’s treatment plan and instructions, and do not put off treatment of your injuries.
- Keep copies of bills or invoices for expenses you incurred due to the accident, as well as copies of your pay stubs or income records if you miss work or suffer a reduction in earnings because of your injuries.
- Start a journal to document your recovery following the accident, including the pain and difficulties with work or daily activities that you experience.
- Avoid posting about the accident, your injuries, or your legal claim on social media, and avoid posting any photos or videos of your activities while you are treating or rehabilitating your injuries.
Finally, reach out to New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer Steven Ellman to pursue your rights to financial recovery from the responsible driver or party.
Common Types of Injuries from New Jersey Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists often suffer serious injuries requiring medical treatment and rehabilitation since they have little protection in a crash or collision with a motor vehicle. Common injuries suffered by bike riders in accidents include:
- Lacerations, abrasions, or degloving injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Dislocated joints
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Muscle or tendon strains and tears
- Nerve damage
- Crush injuries
- Herniated discs
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal injuries or internal bleeding
- Facial injuries, including mouth and eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic amputation or loss of limb
How Long Do I Have to File a Bicycle Accident Claim in New Jersey?
You have limited time to file a lawsuit after a bicycle accident under New Jersey’s statute of limitations. N.J.S.A. §2A:14-2 typically gives you only two years from an accident to file suit against the driver or other party at fault. In certain circumstances, you may have less time or more time to file your claim or suit. However, filing suit after the statute of limitations has run out on your bicycle accident claim may result in the permanent dismissal of your case, which could prevent you from getting the money you deserve.
Furthermore, while the statute of limitations applies only to lawsuits, it can also affect your ability to negotiate a settlement. The threat of a lawsuit is a powerful bargaining chip, one you will lose once the deadline to file a lawsuit expires.
Don’t put off starting your bicycle accident claim. You should speak to New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer Steven Ellman as soon as possible so that you timely file your compensation claim.
Recoverable Compensation in a New Jersey Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
You may be entitled to recover compensation for any injuries and losses you suffered in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault. Financial recovery in your New Jersey bicycle accident lawsuit can provide you with money for your:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses to treat the injuries you suffered in the crash
- Long-term care expenses you may incur if your injuries leave you with permanent disability or physical impairment
- Lost wages or income if you miss work or need to go to part-time or light-duty work while recovering from your injuries
- Lost future earning capacity and employment benefits if you become permanently disabled from your job or other work
- Pain and suffering and loss of quality of life due to disabilities or permanent scarring/disfigurement
- Costs to repair or replace your bicycle if it was damaged or destroyed in the accident
Why You Need a New Jersey Bicycle Accident Attorney
You deserve experienced, dedicated legal counsel as you pursue your legal rights. While your time and energy are focused on your physical and emotional recovery, New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer Steven Ellman can take care of all the details of your bike accident claim, including:
- Recovering evidence from the accident scene and your physical recovery to build an effective case for your right to financial compensation
- Identifying the parties at fault for the accident and liable for your expenses and losses
- Collaborating with accident reconstruction, medical, vocational, and financial experts where necessary to bolster the strength of your case
- Pursuing all avenues of financial recovery, including pursuing compensation from your own insurance policies, if possible
- Preparing and filing your claims with the at-fault parties and their insurers
- Aggressively negotiating a settlement to try and get you the money you need in a timely fashion
- Taking your case to court if the other side won’t offer a fair settlement
Contact Our New Jersey Bicycle Accident Law Firm
Hurt in a bike crash in any of the 21 counties in New Jersey? You could be entitled to compensation for the losses another person caused you to suffer, including your medical bills, damaged property, and lost wages. Steven Ellman wants to help you demand it.
Contact the Law Office of Steven Ellman today for a free, confidential consultation to speak with bicycle accident lawyer Steven Ellman about pursuing financial compensation. We will fight to hold the parties at fault for your injuries accountable for their negligence.