Essex County Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Bicycles are a fantastic means of transportation, for several reasons. To start, riding a bicycle is excellent exercise, it’s great for the environment, and once you pay for your bike, it’s free to ride. That being said, bicyclists are far more vulnerable to the elements than virtually all other motorists on the road, and unfortunately, many motorists do not show cyclists the respect they deserve. In fact, it has been reported that here in the United States, there are roughly 45,000 bicycle accidents every single year. Generally speaking, these accidents are not the cyclists’ fault. What is perhaps even more alarming is that there is also a large number of unreported accidents, which means the actual total number of bicycle accidents in the United States may be far higher than 45,000 per year. This is a startling statistic, as the chances of being injured in a bicycle accident are, rather obviously, relatively high. Unfortunately, when a cyclist is involved in an accident with another motorist, he or she will most likely sustain very serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, due to the sheer weight and force of cars and other motor vehicles against the relatively low level of protection bicycles afford. If you or a loved one has been injured under these circumstances, it is important to speak with an experienced Essex County bicycle accident lawyer today.
How a Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Our Firm Can Help
If you are someone who has recently been injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please continue reading and contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC to learn more about bicycle accidents how our firm can assist you.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, though unfortunately, they are most commonly the result of negligence. There are various forms of negligence that can cause bicycle accidents, such as poor road conditions, bad weather, and, of course, careless motorists. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are as follows:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving (e.g. speeding)
- Poor visibility, especially when cycling at night
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting while driving)
- Lack of a cycling lane
- Poor weather conditions (eg. rain, snow, or ice)
- Uneven pavement
- Slippery substances on the road
After sustaining an injury in a bicycle accident due to another party’s negligence, many people pursue damages to help them recover. As long as you hire an experienced Essex County personal injury attorney who can gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence, you should be able to recover damages. That being said, there are two primary types of damages: economic and non-economic. Essentially, economic damages refer to the tangible cost of an accident, such as the cost of medical bills, in-home care, and more. However, on the other hand, non-economic damages deal primarily with the intangible, albeit very real trauma inflicted on the wrongly injured individual. Non-economic damages typically cover pain and suffering, emotional distress, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and more. We understand how devastating the long-lasting effects of a serious accident can be for victims and their families, which is why we are dedicated to helping all clients in New Jersey recover the compensation they need to move on with their lives.
Statute of Limitations
One key aspect of any personal injury claim, no matter the state you live in, is filing your claim on time. Every state has a deadline by which you must meet if you wish to pursue damages after being injured in an accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations in New Jersey is, under most circumstances, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible for your injuries. If you wait any longer than two years, there is a very good chance that you will be permanently time-barred from suing, which is why it is best to not wait and simply reach out to our firm as soon as physically possible.
Contact an Essex County Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The bottom line is that if you have sustained a serious injury in a bicycle accident due to no fault of your own, there is a very good chance that you are entitled to financial compensation. However, this is an uphill battle that you simply cannot fight alone. Our experienced Essex County bicycle accident attorneys have been helping the wrongly injured in New Jersey for years, and we know we have the experience and skill needed to do the same for you. Contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC to schedule your initial consultation with our firm today. We are always here to help–all you have to do is ask.