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Bicycle accidents occur more often than you think. In the past ten years alone, almost 20,000 bicycle crashes were reported in New Jersey.  A bicycle accident lawyer can help you if you were injured in an accident. With more people moving to be healthier, that means more bicycles are on the road. Sometimes cars can’t see the bike and a crash happens. Other times, the driver of the automobile is not paying attention and strikes the bike rider. 

If you have been injured while riding a bicycle, you need a bicycle accident lawyer who understands the law and how it relates to your accident. A Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Bruce Law, LLC helps individuals and their families who have been injured or killed as a result of a bicycle accident on the roadway.

Potential Causes of Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey

  • poor road design
  • inadequate lighting on the roadway
  • driver inattention
  • impaired drivers
  • poor road maintenance by the city or county
  • cell phone distraction
  • blind spot
  • failure of driver to see bicycle

Injuries Caused by a Bicycle Accident

It is easy to understand that a bicycle rider being hit by a car doesn’t always stand a chance. Cars are heavy and powerful. As a result, the injuries caused by a motor vehicle striking a bicyclist are often catastrophic. These injuries may include:

  • traumatic brain injury
  • limb injuries to the arms and legs
  • chest and abdomen injuries caused by hitting the handlebar
  • skull fractures
  • cuts, road rash, bruises
  • spinal cord injury
  • death
  • catastrophic and debilitating injuries
  • paralysis
  • headaches
  • spinal surgery
  • fractures or broken bones

These injuries can lead to a future of medical treatments and therapies. Victims are left with extensive medical bills, lost wages and long-term disabilities, mental anguish and persistent pain. A victim’s life as well as their families’ lives can be completely changed forever.

Who Pays for My Medical Bills?

Hopefully, the driver that struck you while you were riding a bicycle stopped his car and helped you. However, this is not always the case. Our accident lawyers have had numerous cases where the driver fled the scene out of fear and left the injured bicyclist on the side of the street. Thankfully, in these cases, an amazing Good Samaritan either witnessed the accident and stopped to help or found the victim on the side of the road and called 911. If you have auto insurance coverage, your auto insurance carrier will process and pay your medical bills even though you did not cause the accident. If you do not have auto coverage, your health insurance may cover the expenses. It is important to speak with one of our attorney right away to determine who is going to pay for your treatment so the claim can be set up properly. Otherwise, you could end up with very expensive medical bills and no where to turn. We want to prevent this from happening to you.

What Do I Need To Do First After Being Struck By A Car?

  1. Have a doctor examine you. Most incidents involving a bicycle accident are very serious and the bicycle rider sustains very serious injuries. Sometimes you can see the injury because it involves broken bones or bleeding. Other times, the injuries are internal and you may not even be aware something is wrong.
  2. Once your injuries are stabilized, call the police if the police were not at the scene of the accident. Make a police report and provide the police officer with whatever you remember about the other vehicle, especially if it was a hit and run.
  3. Write down the names of any witnesses that may have helped you and their contact information. Keep this information in a very safe place because it will be very important to your case.
  4. Save the bicycle, helmet and clothes you were wearing. Sometimes, if you were bleeding or if the clothes needed to be cut off of you, the hospital may throw them away. If this happened, that is okay. Otherwise, if you have the clothes, put them in a zip lock back or something similar. Put the bike and helmet in a safe place so they are not disturbed. 
  5. Take photos of your injuries. Injuries heal, especially when they are bruises and lacerations to your body. Now is the time to preserve these images in case they are needed later on in the case. Save these photographs in a safe place.
  6. Contact your auto insurance carrier to notify them that you were involved in a bicycle accident.
  7. Contact our office to make a free appointment to sit down and go over everything that has happened. We will take over everything from there. Your job will be to get better and do what your doctor tells you to do. We will handle the rest!

How Can A Bicycle Accident Lawyer At Bruce Law, LLC Help Me?

Most of the individuals we represent that have been involved in bicycle accidents need an attorney on their side. This is why they called us. Notices need to be filed with the county and state concerning the roadway. Claims need to be set up with the insurance carriers. Investigators need to be hired to find the driver who hit them. You don’t need to deal with figuring out any of this. You are injured by no fault of your own. You shouldn’t have to deal with this headache on your own.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury as a result of being struck while riding a bicycle, you do not have to pay to see a lawyer. Bruce Law, LLC, offers free consultations where you can discuss your case with a professional at no cost.