Tips for Staying Safe On Your Bicycle

Bike safety tips from your Morris County Injury Attorney

Bike safety tips from your Morris County Injury AttorneyCycling is an activity enjoyed by many New Jersey residents.  Whether as a means of transportation or a source of exercise and and leisure cycling is usually a safe and fun activity. Bicycle accidents can result in both personal injury and damage to property, which includes but is not limited to damage to the bike itself. Due to the lack of protection and exposure to the roadway and its motorists, an accident involving a cyclist, similar to a pedestrian accident, can result in catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and more. The danger to riders and severe nature of the injuries that are seen after a cyclist collides with a car, truck or bus requires attention to detail and adequate experience/training that the rider should have based on the degree of difficulty posed by the environment or particular roadway.  In order to cycle safely there are several safety tips you should keep in mind.

Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience serving injured cyclists in Parsipanny, Rockaway, East Hanover, Newton, Morristown, Mt. Olive and many towns and cities across Morris and Sussex County. We believe that working closely not only with our clients but also their families throughout the legal process helps to be sure that all of our clients needs are met and their complete interests are represented thoroughly.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your bicycle accident and your potential for financial compensation through a personal injury claim, please call our Newton office or our Morristown office today.

Sussex County Bicycle Safety and Traffic Laws

Though we can not control the actions of others we can make cycling a much safer activity by following the traffic laws currently in place in Morris and Sussex County as well as the rest of New Jersey. These laws have been put in place specifically to make cycling safer.  Failure to follow any of them will increase your risk of injuring yourself or others.

It is a common misconception that bicyclists do not have to adhere to the same rules of the road as motor vehicles. However, both motorists and cyclists must follow the same laws, are entitled to the same rights and carry the same responsibilities.

As a cyclist you must follow all signals, signs and road markings and yield to crossing traffic when you do not have the right of way. In addition this means using the correct arm and hand signals when turning left or right and when stopping. Moreover, just like motorists, you should always make sure it is clear before you change lanes or turn.

An additional important tip is to utilize bike lanes and bike paths when and where they are available. Bike lanes and paths marked so cyclists can have a designated area to ride while remaining safe and away from traffic are available in many Sussex County and Morris County communities. It is important to follow the direction as marked.

Wearing a helmet and proper safety gear is also advisable when riding a bike. Though this may not prevent all injuries in an accident it can help to prevent brain damage an lessen injury to the head and/or neck.

Finally stay alert at all times while riding. On the best day the roads can be filled with hazards for cyclist such as a motorist opening a door.  Avoiding distraction can give you enough time to evade unfortunate and avoidable collisions.

What Should I Do If Involved In a Bicycle Accident in Mt. Olive?

Being involved in any accident can be a shocking and traumatic experience with potential health, financial and legal ramifications.  If you are involved in an accident because of dangerous road conditions or someone else’s negligence and suffered personal injury or property damage,  it is imperative that you understand your rights and protect your future via the counsel of an experienced Personal Injury Attorney who has litigated many bicycle and pedestrian accident cases across Morris and Sussex Counties.

The advocacy of Counsel is important for many reasons, namely, that you as the injured party or in relation to the injured loved one comprehend the law, understand your rights as it relates to the law, and most importantly that you are in a position to strategically assemble a plan and identify the best course of action.  When cyclists are injured due to the recklessness or negligence of another party, a Mt. Olive bicycle accident lawyer can fight to recover damages in a fair and full settlement that addresses every hardship that the victims and their families may face.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney with Offices in Sussex and Morris County Today

Since 1972, personal injury attorney Michael P. Burakoff has taken pride in serving local Morris County and Sussex County communities such as Netcong, Hopatcong, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Chatham, Newton, and across Northern New Jersey.

If you or a loved one has been injured on New Jersey roads, rely on our experience and legal knowledge to gain a verdict or settlement that may help with expenses and go a long way toward helping you make a full physical, emotional and financial recovery.

For a free and confidential consultation with Attorney Burakoff regarding your bicycle accident, your injuries, and your potential for a personal injury claim, please contact us online or call our Morristown of Newton offices by dialing (973) 520-0525 today.

Morristown Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Attorney

Morristown Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident AttorneyA recent report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety paints a rather grim picture when it comes to American road safety (or lack thereof), especially for people walking, biking, skating, etc.

Specifically, this report states an increase of 61% in hit and run deaths between 2009 and 2016 (the last year for which data is currently available), with 2016 totaling over 2,000 hit and run fatalities. Perhaps even more alarming is the added fact that fully two-thirds (66%) of these fatalities were bicyclists and pedestrians.

Our Morristown pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys believe that there are a number of potential contributing factors to this alarming statistic, some of which can be controlled by the accident victims, some of which lie in the hands of drivers, and some of which are out of our control entirely.

In today’s article, we will discuss some of the potential causes of this spike in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accident injuries and deaths, some safety measures that can be taken to mitigate risk, and what can be done in the case of a pedestrian or bicycle accident injury or wrongful death.

Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents in Morris County

There are always a large variety of contributing factors to any given accident, but a few things in particular stand out when it comes to this alarming increase in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians:

  • Distraction – By far the biggest contributing factor, distracted driving is known to be a massive danger on U.S. roads across the country. However, it is not only drivers that need to pay more attention to roads, people walking, biking, etc are equally as guilty of using their mobile devices or other electronic devices and losing awareness. While you can only control your own actions, for your own safety as well as others, pay more attention to what you are doing, your surroundings, and traffic safety!
  • Health – As people are becoming more and more health-conscious, it is no surprise that walking and biking in general are on the rise. Whether it is for commuting to work or simply exercise, the bottom line is that there are more cyclists and pedestrian on our roads than ever before, increasing the chances overall for accidents and injury.
  • Lack of Infrastructure – Many modern cities, in response to this notable increase in pedestrian and bike activity, have added separate “pedestrian lanes” to their roads, lanes which are protected by concrete barriers.  While road-crossing still remain a safety hazard, pedestrians and bikers who use these lanes are certainly safer than they would be otherwise. However, many towns and cities lack the funds, or space, to enact similar safety measures.

While we believe these three to be the biggest contributing factors (especially distracted driving/distraction in general), obvious things like nicer weather (or poor weather leading to poorer visibility and road conditions), environmental concerns, and even population density all play a role.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Injury and Wrongful Death Claims Lawyer Parsippany NJ

While we can control our own actions, and mitigate the risks of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents, at the end of the day these precautions only go so far, and accidents do happen.

As dangerous as car-on-car accidents can be, modern cars are designed and tested to be in accidents, and have a host of safety measures to reduce the affects of an accident. However, pedestrians and cyclists do not have this luxury, and cars traveling even as slow as 20-25mph can cause extreme injury and in some cases death to unprotected walkers and bikers.

When a negligent driver causes a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, it is especially important that injury victims and family members recover the compensation they need and deserve considering the seriousness of vehicle-on-pedestrian collisions.

Of course, depending on the circumstances of the accident, workers’ compensation, personal injury, or wrongful death may apply. We have written, in detail, about each of these types of NJ accident claims, so feel free to read any of these articles or call our offices to discuss your pedestrian accident or bicycle accident in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Contact Our Morristown Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping accident victims and their families to recover full and fair compensation across Morris and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Dover, Netcong, Newton, Morristown, and the surrounding communities.

Attorney Michael Burakoff built his practice on the belief that not only do his clients deserve attentive and highly informative legal counsel, families of accident and injury victims are just as concerned about the recovery process and its success, and deserve just as much attention and information.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding a bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, hit and run accident, or any other kind of accident, your options for recovering compensation, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

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