If your loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, it is crucial that you discuss your case with a lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney David A. BiBrigida will help you build a strong legal case against the person or company whose negligence caused your injuries. At the Law Offices of David A. DiBrigida, we offer potential clients a free initial consultation so they can ask us questions and discuss their case without the burden of paying for the consultation. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We represent clients in Roseland, Patterson, Howell, Essex, Morris, Union, Bergen, Passaic, and Sussex, New Jersey.
Bicyclists must follow the “side of the road” rules, limiting them to the right side of the road or a designated bike lane. Unfortunately, even when bicyclists follow the law and stay in their bicycle lanes, they are still at risk of colliding with open doors of parked cars or being crushed by a car driver who is turning right. Unless otherwise stated, bicyclists have the same rights on roadways as vehicles. They are entitled to an entire traffic lane when the bike lane is unavailable. When an accident with a car occurs when a bicyclist follows New Jersey road rules, the car driver will be liable for the accident.
If you are a bicyclist who has been injured by a car driver, the best thing you can do is contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will need to begin investigating the case quickly to gather as much evidence as possible. You may be wondering whether you have a valid compensation claim. After your lawyer investigates your case, he or she will tell you whether you have a valid claim and how much your case may be worth. The deciding factor in recovering compensation after being hit by a driver is whether you can prove you were injured because of the driver’s negligence.
When the driver of a passenger vehicle hits you, you have a right to pursue compensation through the driver's insurance company. It may seem fairly simple to prove that the other driver caused the accident, especially if he or she cut you off, collided with you, or swerved into your bike lane. However, the car driver’s insurance company will try whatever they can to stop you from receiving the total amount of compensation you deserve to pay for all of your expenses.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to negotiate aggressively with the insurance company. Should your case proceed to trial, your lawyer will be able to present evidence in your favor and make compelling legal arguments. Speaking to an attorney before you discuss your case with an insurance adjuster is a crucial way to protect your claim. We also recommend undergoing a thorough medical evaluation after the accident. Doing so will help you prove that the bicycle accident caused your injuries and protects your claim to an insurance settlement.
A: To successfully bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, you will need to prove that the driver caused you some type of bodily injury. If you did not suffer any injuries from the driver nearly hitting you, you would not be able to bring a lawsuit. However, if the driver nearly hitting you caused you to swerve out of the way, crashing on the floor and suffering an injury, you will be able to pursue damages against the driver. You will still need to prove that the drivers negligence and recklessness caused the accident that resulted in your injury.
Q: What is the criminal penalty for hitting a cyclist?
A: A guilty finding may result in a driving ban, an unlimited fine, or a prison sentence of up to five years. Dangerous driving is a more serious charge, and brings the possibility of an unlimited fine, a driving ban, and up to 14 years in prison.
Have you and your loved ones suffered a serious injury after a car collided with your bicycle? Was the driver’s negligence the cause of your bicycle accident? If so, you need a New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer on your side. Attorney David A. DiBrigida will aggressively pursue your right to compensation so you can recover all of the medical expenses and other damages you deserve. The Law Offices of David A. DiBrigida represents clients in Roseland, Patterson, Howell, Essex, Morris, Union, Bergen, Passaic, and Sussex, New Jersey.