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New Jersey bicycle accident claims life of 24-year-old man

No matter the time of year or what the weather is like, New Jersey residents can often see bicyclists on the roadways, trails and in residential areas. Whether it is for commuting purposes, a sport, a hobby or for pure enjoyment, bike riders are known to frequent certain areas. Drivers should be especially be aware of this in order to avoid a collision with the bicyclist. Because a person is unable to stand up to the size and impact of a motor vehicle, a bicycle-car crash often results in a personal injury or the wrongful death of the rider.

New Jersey Police recently responded to a bicycle-vehicle collision involving a 24-year-old man and a car. The incident occurred when the bike rider was traveling northbound on Route 563 in Woodland in preparation for a bicycle race that day. The rider attempted to make a U-turn at around 10:00 a.m. on to the two-lane road he was riding on. In his attempt, a Volvo struck him.

Emergency crews arrived to the scene of the accident and the young man riding the bike was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the Volvo was found to have suffered some injuries and was transported to the hospital. The accident is still under investigation and no criminal charges have been filed against the driver at this time.

People killed or injured in an accident like this could file a personal injury claim or have a wrongful death claim filed on their behalf by their family. Either claim could result in compensation that could be used to cover any financial expenses that resulted from the accident. Medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and other damages could be covered.

Drivers and bicyclists should use caution and be aware of one another on the road. Understanding who has the right of way and remaining attentive is important and can reduce the chances of an accident occurring between the two.

Source: NJ.com, “Paramus 24-year-old killed in bicycling accident in Burlington County,” Myles Ma, June 03, 2013

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