Providing personal injury plaintiffs’ representation since 1976
Seigel Law has represented plaintiffs in personal injury litigation since 1976. Our team helps bicyclists injured on the roadways of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton.
Bicycling is a healthy, green alternative to cars. For many, biking is also a beloved sport. However, even with the proliferation of biking lanes and greenways, bicyclists are still put at substantial risk of motor vehicle accidents. Our team acts as your advocate if you were injured by a careless driver.
Our commitment to bicyclists
Our founding attorney, Jan K. Seigel, is an avid bicyclist and certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists — the oldest and largest bicycle organization in the country. He is a strong supporter of bicyclists’ rights to share the road with other vehicles. He has also written several articles about bicycling and the law.
New Jersey biking statutes
Motorists are required to share the road with bicyclists. Cyclists also have a duty to comply with New Jersey laws, including:
- If younger than 18 years old, wear a helmet.
- Use appropriate lights while riding at night — including a white lamp in the front and a red lamp in the back.
- Equip the bike with a bell that can be heard from at least 100 feet away.
- Make sure the brakes function properly.
- Keep hands and feet on the pedals and handlebars.
- Never tow a passenger.
- Ride to the right of the roadway, except when making a left turn, avoiding a hazardous condition, passing a slower vehicle or traveling at the same speed as automobiles.
- Obey all local and state traffic laws.
These rules are summed up in NJ statute 39:4-14.1, Rights and Duties of Persons on Bicycles: “Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver.”
What to do after a bicycle accident
Unfortunately, even when taking every precaution, you may still become the victim of an auto accident. Just as if you were in a car at the time of your traffic accident, take action to protect your health and preserve your legal rights. Promptly get the medical care you need. Also, make sure you get the driver’s information so you can file a claim with the person’s auto insurance company. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, you may have options under your own insurance policy.
Get the help you need from experienced auto accident lawyers
Seigel Law exclusively handles personal injury recovery cases. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free first consultation. From our office in Ridgewood, we represent injured victims in the Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County regions, and throughout northern New Jersey. We can schedule appointments at your home or at the hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office. You owe us no attorney fees unless we recover damages on your behalf.