Accidents involving bicyclists are unfortunately on the rise. A majority of the time these accidents are caused by driver inattention. The natural reaction of a negligent driver is to blame it on the cyclist.
It should not be surprising to see an unfavorable police report. The good news is that a police report is not admissible as evidence because it is rare for a police officer to actually witness a crash with a bicycle rider.
We find that most of the time injuries to bicycle riders are caused by the following:
- Distracted Drivers
- Cell phone use
- Violation of Motor vehicle laws by Drivers
- Weaving through traffic
- Failing to yield
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to make observations
- Inexperienced Drivers
- Drivers failing to make proper observation
- Pavement defects such as potholes
- Turning without looking
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Drunk Driving
- Improper driving during inclement weather
- Driver Fatigue
- Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers making sudden moves to pick up passengers
Drivers have an absolute obligation to make observations of others sharing the roadway. It is foreseeable that, in addition to cars, semi-trucks, motorcycles, and busses, others such as bicycle riders, pedestrians, skateboarders, unicyclists, people pushing baby carriages, scooters, Segway’s, electric bicycles, will be sharing the road with other.
Now more than ever, either because of economics, or COVID anxiety, thousands of people in New Jersey and New York commute to work on bicycles and ride for exercise and recreation. Cyclists are required to obey traffic laws and have the same rights to use the road as automobile drivers. But bicyclists have little protection in the event of a collision. If a careless motorist causes an accident, bicycle riders are vulnerable to very serious injuries.
Nearly all fatal bicycle accidents involve collisions with large vehicles. Cyclists who have been injured due to a driver’s negligence have a legal right to seek compensation. Compensation includes money for permanent injuries, disfigurements such as scars, past and future medical bills, lost income, property damage, loss of savings, and much more. There is no cap or limit on the amount an injured person can sue for but most of the time, injuries fall within a defendant’s insurance policy coverage.
Experienced lawyers know that most of the time insurance companies and the police are biased against bike riders. The bicycle accident attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. stand up for cyclists injured by careless and negligent motorists in New Jersey and New York. We will pursue full compensation generally in one lump sum from the at-fault motorist’s insurance company to help you recover from the physical injuries and lost income caused by your bicycle accident.
There are important deadlines and time traps that can ruin a perfectly good case that you need to know. If you were injured in a bicycle car collision caused by a motorist, or a family member was killed in a bike accident, it is highly recommended that you immediately contact our experienced bicycle accident attorneys for assistance. We will review the details of your injury and explain your legal options. Call, Zoom, Facetime or Skype us at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. for a free initial no obligation consultation about your bicycle accident injuries.