Representing clients in New Jersey after bicycle accidents
Cycling has become an increasingly popular culture. Whether you are biking to work or for recreation, bicycles are a great way to get around. On the other side of the coin, bicycles are dangerous because they are hard to see, follow, and offer the biker no protection if they were to get into an accident with a motor vehicle. Collisions with trucks, cars, and other large vehicles can leave a cyclist with devastating injuries that can ruin his or her life. In some cases, you may have to consider your legal options. If you need quality legal services from an experienced law firm, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. for a consultation.
Negligence and other drivers
When motor vehicles and bicycles share the road, they need to be cautious of each other to avoid incident. Unfortunately, drivers are not always aware of their surroundings and often act negligently when operating their vehicles. Some of the many factors that lead to a driver’s negligence include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, and irresponsible speeding. One of the major factors that lead to bicycle accidents is the rise of handheld technology. Drivers are emailing, texting, surfing the web, looking for restaurants, and more while operating their vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving because of using electronic devices is 6 times more dangerous than driving while drunk. If you can prove that the negligence of a driver caused your serious injury, you may be able to recover damages to compensate you for the economic and non-economic impact to your life.
Road conditions and bicycle accidents
For the most part, motor vehicles and bicycles share the roads and need to be wary of each other to avoid incidents. Unfortunately, not all roadways and cycling lanes are maintained well. There are countless hazards that make it hard for cyclists and drivers to share the road, including obstacles that obscure visibility and block cycling lanes. Weather conditions, problems with pavement, and many other factors lead to serious accidents and injury. Not all accidents are caused by the negligence of those involved. In some cases, your injuries could be caused by the negligence of the local municipality. If you need to bring a suit to a municipality, you need to act quickly because time is limited on your ability to take legal action.
Recovering damages after a bicycle accident
If you have been seriously injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation, known as damages, for the burdens you have faced. The economic damages that you may be eligible for include medical bills, lost wages, the cost of rehabilitation, and other financial burdens. Noneconomic damages may include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of independence, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Contact a Middlesex County bicycle accident attorney
Bicycle accidents can end in terrible consequences. If you have been involved in a cycling accident with a motor vehicle, it is important to consider your legal options. If you can prove that your serious injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver or the municipality responsible for the road condition that caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If you need an effective attorney to guide you through your legal options and passionately represent your needs in and out of court, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. for a free consultation.