Weather Changes Increases Risks of Pedestrian Accidents
Winter brings its share of weather related accidents. However, the advent of spring poses other potential risks and hazards. Pedestrian traffic multiplies on such Jersey City streets as Kennedy Boulevard and Grove Street. Some even hop on their bicycles to couple exercise with a means of transportation. The city becomes more vibrant with the roar of motorcycles. Unfortunately, taking advantage of the warm weather has an effect on the nature of car accidents. When a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist is involved in a vehicular accident, they may suffer even more extreme injuries and losses. Not only are those on foot pedestrians — accidents involving bicyclists are also considered pedestrian accidents.
Just recently, a 61-year-old Jersey City man lost his life while operating his bicycle in nearby Bergen County. A Hummer H2 struck the victim’s bike; the impact knocked the bicyclist onto the pavement. The accident caused substantial head trauma. After the return of blood toxicology reports, it was determined that the Hummer’s driver was operating the car while under the influence of alcohol. Due to the serious nature of his injuries, the bicyclist died two days after the accident. Criminal charges against the Hummer’s operator include vehicular homicide. Neither a guilty plea nor verdict will make up for the loss of human life.
The estate of the deceased bike rider may have the right to pursue a civil case against the driver of the automobile. Under New Jersey’s wrongful death law, there are remedies available to family members who lose loved ones to accidents. Another concern the family will have to face is he issue of the decedent’s medical bills prior to his death. Rather than deal with insurance companies on their own, many individuals recognize the benefit in retaining a local attorney. Since the decedent resided in Jersey City, it makes sense to retain the services of a Jersey City personal injury lawyer with an expertise in these type of accidents.
If this accident ever happens to you or a loved one, please contact The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, PC. We will get you the money that you deserve.