Many people bike alongside roads throughout New Jersey. This can sometimes cause a distraction for drivers, creating a potentially hazardous environment. Poor weather and road conditions can also contribute to putting a biker in danger. This is why it is crucial for bikers to be aware of their surroundings and wear the right protection. Bikes offer riders little to no protection, which is why protective gear is available to them. This can include including helmets, padding, and even reflective wear if they are riding at night. However, even with protective measures, accidents can still happen. This can cause serious injuries to those involved, especially bike riders.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Protective gear exists to help bikers if they are involved in an accident. While this is true, they do not always completely prevent injuries from happening. Sometimes, accidents are very serious and riders can become harmed regardless of their protective gear. These injuries can be life-changing depending on how severe the accident is. There are many different ways a bicycle accident may happen. This can include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
When a person is hurt in a bike accident and receives serious injuries, they may be eligible to seek compensation for any damages as a result of those injuries. This exists to provide coverage for injured individuals. This can cover any expenses that are related to the accident.
It is important for an injured individual to understand what Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is when dealing with an automobile accident. This is no-fault insurance that most automobile insurance policies carry to cover those involved in automobile accidents. The coverage provides victims of an accident with any financial support that is necessary to cover expenses related to the accident, regardless of who is at fault. This can cover the value of any medical bills and any lost wages.
Compensation provided by PIP is helpful because it allows the victims of the accident to recover from their injuries without worrying about paying any additional expenses. In the event that this compensation does not cover all the necessary costs, the injured party may be able to pursue further compensation. This can be done through a lawsuit that holds the negligent party responsible for their accident. With this, the negligent party may be responsible for paying the injured party compensation for the excess costs. PIP insurance can assist an individual after a bike accident as well as other types of motor vehicle accidents.
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