Bicycle Accidents

Monmouth County Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Representing clients injured in New Jersey bicycle accidents

Tom Shebell has been an avid cyclist for over 30 years. He has raced competitively and, to this day, enjoys both road and off-road cycling. Our firm is also a proud sponsor of the nationally-ranked Riptide-Cawes women’s cycling team located right here New Jersey.

Tom Shebell Racing at Green Mountain Stage Bicycle Race, Burlington, VT
Tom Shebell Racing at Green Mountain Stage Race, Burlington, VT

As bicycle racer, Tom Shebell, who has cycled thousands of miles throughout the tri-state area, know the dangers that riders face on the streets of New Jersey.

Cycling in New Jersey

Overcrowding and traffic congestion often lead to dangerous situations for riders all over the state. The injuries people suffer from bicycle accidents can be catastrophic. When someone is injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent party, they may be eligible for compensation. Whether the accident was caused by a driver’s inattention or a town’s negligent construction or maintenance of a roadway, speak with an experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer at Shebell & Shebell for guidance through the complex litigation process associated with obtaining compensation for your injuries.

Negligence and bicycle accidents

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you have a lot to consider. For the most part, if you have auto insurance, you will be able to seek medical attention and recover some of your lost wages through your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. If your auto insurance allows and your injuries are serious, by state standards, you may have the right to sue the negligent party to compensate you for your lasting, life-altering injuries. This is a serious matter that deserves the attention of an experienced attorney.

Assigning negligence is a complicated process. There are numerous instances where a driver could be considered negligent, including:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving recklessly
  • Illegally using electronic devices
  • Speeding

If you were injured because of road conditions, the matter becomes even more complex. Road conditions could play a large role in your accident. Assigning fault can be complex as a municipality may be at fault. Some road conditions that have led to bicycle accidents with terrible results include:

  • Weather conditions
  • Poorly maintained road surfaces
  • Blocked cycling lanes
  • Obscured visibility

Collecting evidence

If you are involved in a bicycle accident that you seek medical attention immediately and call the police. This not only helps you get the care you need, it documents some of the facts of your potential case. If you are able, collect the contact information from the driver and witnesses. If you can, take pictures.

Statute of limitations for bicycle accidents

It is important to note that the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit against a negligent party for a personal injury case is two years from the date of the accident. If you need to take legal action against a municipality, you have 90 days to file a Notice of Claim, declaring your intent to file a lawsuit.

Contact an experienced NJ bicycle accidents attorney

If you have been in an accident on your bicycle, it is important to consult with an attorney about your rights and future. If your injuries are serious, you could face a lifetime of issues related to that one day. If necessary, you may need to take legal action to help relieve you of a significant physical and financial burden. Contact Shebell & Shebell for a consultation.