Is New Jersey a safe place to ride your bike?


Posted by: Wiley Lavender on Monday, September 16, 2019

I was recently listening to a discussion on a New Jersey radio station in which they talked about the conflict between drivers and bicyclists.  One of the topics covered was that bike riders are often riding on roads that are not designed for bike traffic.  In these instances, the road shoulders are not wide enough and had too much gravel, potholes and other debris where there are ample shoulders.  Even though The League of American Bicyclists ranks New Jersey 7th in bike-friendly states, there were clear differences between callers who were bike riders and car drivers – each side expressed disdain for the other.  Regardless of people’s feeling, New Jersey cyclists are often injured, and sometimes killed, in accidents with cars.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2017.  While I could not find stats for New Jersey fatalities, common sense would indicate the number of injures are well into the thousands. 

In a previous blog post, I wrote about what somebody should do if they got injured in a car accident.  The same process applies to bike accident victims if a legal claim is to be pursued.  In short, see a doctor and disclose all injuries to him or her, be careful about your activities, do not accept a premature settlement, and do not sign a release.

I also wrote a blog about the types of damages a car accident victim, or family members of a victim, may be entitled.  Likewise, bike accident victims may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death, and loss of companionship. Every bike accident is different – the facts and circumstances will determine which types of damages the victim and the victim’s family can successfully pursue. 

Please contact me at larry@wileylavender.com if you have any questions about this blog post or other New Jersey personal injury questions. Cyclists, please be careful riding your bikes on the roads of New Jersey.