New Jersey’s vast network of roads makes it easy for residents to utilize a number of transportation options. Many people choose to ride a bicycle as their primary means of transportation. While bicycles are cost-efficient and promote a healthy lifestyle, they do not offer much protection from the cars and trucks that share the road. Bicycle accidents can be very serious and result in long term disabilities or even death.
Bicyclists are held to the same standards as drivers of motor vehicles. They should always stay to the right-hand side, signal when turning, and stop at stop signs and red lights. In the unfortunate event that a bicyclist is involved in an accident, their medical expenses are generally paid under personal injury protection (PIP) because New Jersey is a no-fault state. Usually, the bicyclist will use his/her car insurance to obtain these benefits. However, if the injured person does not have car insurance because they do not own a car, they may be eligible to use the car insurance of household members. If there is no one in the injured person’s household with car insurance, one can apply for benefits through the New Jersey Property Liability Guaranty Association. If you need to explore this option, be sure to apply within 180 days of your accident.
If you are injured in an accident, you may be able to collect compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to provide you with assistance. The personal injury attorneys at Cohn Lifland would be happy to assess your case and help you move forward.