Atlantic City Bicycle Accident Attorney
Biking is a popular form of transportation, and ever more people are joining the bandwagon. Biking is a convenient and affordable means of commuting that also offers a healthy dose of activity, all while it minimizes one’s carbon footprint. When you take to the open road on your bike, however, you leave yourself extremely vulnerable to the traffic that teems all around you. When you’re on a bike, after all, nothing comes between you and the impact of an accident.
Bicycling: The Risk Factors
The road poses significant risk factors for bicyclists. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that—while bike trips account for only 1 percent of all the trips taken in the United States—bicyclists face a greater risk of enduring crash-related injuries (or death) than do occupants of motor vehicles. Furthermore, the CDC found some startling statistics regarding the risk factors of bicycling:
- Cyclists between the ages of 50 and 59 experience the highest bike-related death rates
- Children between the ages of five and 14 and adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 experience the highest nonfatal rates of bike-related injuries
- Men are six times more likely to die and four times more likely to suffer injuries on their bikes than females
- Most bicyclist deaths take place in urban areas and at non-intersections
- Alcohol is involved (either on the driver’s or the biker’s part) in 37 percent of all bicyclist deaths
Even with enhanced safety interventions, such as bike lanes, reflective clothing, active bike lights, and bike helmets, biking remains so dangerous that cyclists must maintain hyper-vigilance when they take to New Jersey’s roads.
If someone else’s negligence injured you in a bicycling accident, you know how traumatic that is. You are not alone; the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at The Levin Firm have the skill, commitment, and compassion to help guide your claim toward full and just compensation.
Staying Safe When You Bike
Riding your bike can endanger you, but you can do the following to help keep yourself safe:
- Never head out on your bike without properly installing a properly fitted bike helmet on your noggin. (New Jersey law currently mandates so equipping anyone younger than 17.) The CDC has determined that helmet laws effectively improve helmet-usage rates and decrease bike-related injuries (both nonfatal and fatal).
- When riding your bike during daylight hours, wear an article of fluorescent clothing, which can help make you more visible to other drivers on the road.
- When riding your bike at night, wear an article of retro-reflective clothing, which can help make you more visible to other drivers on the road.
- Equip your bike with active lighting—to include a front white light and a rear red light—which can help increase your visibility to other drivers on the road. New Jersey implemented specific rules related to these light requirements.<
Furthermore, New Jersey requires that riders equip all bikes with audible devices, such as bells, that others can hear from at least 100 feet away.
Common Bike Accident Injuries
Bike accidents are dangerous—this much we know—but several injuries are commonly associated with such accidents:
- Fractured bones – The impact of an accident inevitably throws a bicyclist onto an unyielding surface—such as a roadway, vehicle, sidewalk, or signpost—and broken bones commonly result. Broken bones hurt terribly, heal slowly, and lead to long-lasting health problems, such as chronic pain or disabilities.
- A traumatic brain injury – Bike accidents frequently cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which are extremely dangerous and difficult to endure. Sudden jolts to the biker’s head, neck, or body usually cause TBIs, which can result in some level of brain malfunction. These injuries can vary from mild (a concussion, for example) to severe. An accident, however, needn’t appear tremendously serious to result in a TBI. In fact, experts deem TBIs silent injuries because they frequently go undetected until they present themselves in unpredictable (and sometimes serious) ways. TBIs are difficult to treat, can lead to serious health conditions, and carry debilitating emotional consequences.
- A blunt force trauma injury – Blunt force trauma refers to those non-penetrating injuries that take place when an accident throws a cyclist from a bike and ruptures internal organs—potentially irreparable, life-threatening injuries.
What Causes Bike Accidents?
Some instances of driver negligence commonly result in bike accidents:
- When drivers pull out of side streets or parking lots, they usually look for oncoming traffic, but often fail to check the side of the road or the bike lane.
- When drivers park and then impetuously open their car doors into oncoming traffic, they endanger cyclists on the road, who run the risk of hitting the car doors.
- When drivers make right turns, they naturally check for oncoming traffic from the left but many neglect to check the bike lanes on the right, which can cause them to turn into bicyclists in these lanes.
These circumstances highlight only a few of the dangers that bicyclists face on New Jersey’s busy streets—and the drivers whom injured cyclists should hold liable for their injuries.
If a Bike Accident Injured You, Contact an Experienced Atlantic City Bike Accident Lawyer Today
The skilled legal team at The Levin Firm in Atlantic City understands the trauma that bike accidents can cause, and we’re here to help. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and commitment to aggressively advocate for your claim’s best possible outcome, so please contact our office online or call us at (215) 825-5183 or a free consultation about a possible bicycle accident case today.