In New Jersey, bicycle accidents are less common than pedestrian accidents, but just as deadly. Each summer in New Jersey, countless beachgoers flock to shore towns, and many beachgoers ride bikes more frequently than they do at home. Also, bike rental companies offer ample opportunities for bike riding.
In New Jersey, some of the basic Rules of the Road for bicyclists are as follows:
N.J.S.A. 39:4-10 · When used at night, bikes must be equipped with a headlamp and a rear lamp. N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.1 · Every bicyclist on a roadway has all the rights and duties of a motor vehicle driver. N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.2 · Every bicyclist on a roadway shall ride as near to the right of the roadway as practicable. · Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. N.J.S.A 39:4-10.1 · Any bicyclist or passenger of a bike under the age of 17 years must wear a safety helmet.
** In 1998, New Jersey's helmet law was revised to apply to roller skates and skateboards.
Under ordinary negligence principles, bike rental companies must provide reasonably safe bikes which are inspected for defects and regularly maintained. Also, New Jersey law requires bike rental companies to provide helmets for renters under the age of 17. Failure to do so may result in liability if an accident occurs. Bike rental companies are also required to post a sign indicating that bicyclists under the age of 17 must wear helmets.
If you've been injured in a bicycle or bike accident it is vital that you speak to a qualified, experienced New Jersey/Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer. The team at White and Williams has handled many bicycle and bike accident cases and has achieved much success. We serve accident victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and always offer a free consultation. 1-877-944-8396