Across the nation, millions of children and adults enjoy cycling. Overall, cycling is an activity that is safe for almost anyone. Young children and even senior citizens can enjoy riding a bicycle. Although riding through the park or on a path is generally very safe, road cycling can be fraught with risks. Motorists are often so distracted and preoccupied that they fail to notice cyclists on the road. In addition, some motorists hold cyclists in disdain and drive too closely, risking sideswiping them or forcing them off the road. These egregious behaviors are dangerous at best and life-threatening at worst.
If you or a family member have been hurt in a bicycle crash, contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses right away. Bicycle crashes are increasingly common, as more and more cyclists embrace the activity. Sadly, the lack of infrastructure across New Jersey makes cycling especially dangerous. And when crashes occur, it is rare that cyclists are to blame. But even if you feel you might have been partially at fault, you still may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to us today to get your legal questions answered in a no-fee, no-obligation phone call.
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There are some safety measures you can take to avoid being involved in a bike crash. We recommend that all cyclists participate in a road cycling class. These classes highlight how to safely ride a bicycle on the road. They provide tips you can use to ride defensively and avoid collisions. We also recommend that all cyclists wear an approved bicycle helmet. Although New Jersey only requires a helmet for bicyclists under the age of 17, wearing a helmet can help prevent a concussion, brain injury, or even death in the event of a bike crash. Finally, equip your bicycle with headlights, red rear reflectors, and side reflectors. These can all be purchased inexpensively at your local bike shop. The few dollars you spend today outfitting your bike can keep you safe when you ride for years to come.
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New Jersey Bicycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a bicycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of New Jersey’s bicycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Helmets are required for all cyclists under 17 years of age.
- Bicyclists are considered to have the same rights and duties as other motorists.
- All bicycles are required to be equipped with a rear red reflector that is visible from 500 feet.
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