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U.S. Bicycle Accident Statistics

NJ Bike AccidentA total of 667 bicycle riders were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2011.  According to a recent survey, approximately 57,000,000 people over the age of 16 ride a bicycle at least once during the summer months.  The United States Department of Transportation statistics show that more than 8,000 people died and 700,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the past decade.   One-third of all bicycle fatalities involve riders aged 5 to 20 years old and 41% of non-fatal injuries occurred with children under the age of 15.

Common Bike Accident Injuries

Without question, a bicycle accident can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries.  The reason bicyclists suffer such significant injuries is due to the fact that the rider has limited protection.  Common injuries associated with bicycle accidents include, but are not limited to, broken or fractured bones, head trauma, spinal cord injury, neck injury, joint dislocation, nerve damage and brain injury.

Avoiding a Bicycle Accident in New Jersey

In order to avoid a bicycle injury, you should make sure you are always wearing a helmet, pay close attention to your environment, use hand signals, make sure you obey the same rules of the road as motorists, do not ride in a reckless manner, avoid riding your bicycle at night and ride as close as possible to the right side of the roadway.

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NJ Bike Accident Causes

The most often cause for bicycle accidents in New Jersey are the negligence of an automobile driver.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that motor vehicle drivers are more likely to focus on dangers that they more frequently encounter, such as oncoming traffic and other motor vehicles, and miss the bicycle riders sharing the road with them.  Often times a driver of an automobile is unaware of the bicyclist’s presence and may not understand the bicyclist’s right of way.

Common Locations for NJ Bicycle Accidents

The majority of bike accidents occur in the summer months when people are riding bikes more frequently.  It was recently revealed that Monmouth County is the third most dangerous county in New Jersey for bicyclists.  The most dangerous roads in Monmouth County for bicycle riders are Route 35 (also known as Morris Avenue, Neptune Boulevard or Broad Street) (57 crashes), Route 71 (also known as Main Street, Norwood Avenue or Monmouth Road) (56 Crashes), and Ocean Avenue (56 crashes).

With respect to Ocean County, a recent study indicated that Route 9 is Ocean County’s most dangerous road for bike riders.  Unfortunately, Ocean County has the highest number of bicycle accidents out of the eight southern counties in New Jersey.  30% of crashes in Ocean County occurred on 4 main roads: Route 9, Route 35, Route 88 and Route 549.

Call a New Jersey Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today!

The experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Villani & DeLuca will discuss your accident with you in great detail and review the various options that are available to you.  Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and other parties involved in accident cases to ensure that you needs are met.  They will thoroughly investigate the specifics of your bike accident and make the appropriate arrangements to retain an accident reconstruction expert to prove the cause of the accident, if required.  It is important that you act quickly in the event of a New Jersey bicycle accident and contact an experienced New Jersey Bicycle Accident Lawyer.  Call Villani & DeLuca today to schedule your free initial consultation!