A bicyclist was hit by a pickup truck in Salem City, New Jersey, early last week. News reports do not have many details about the accident, but the bicyclist was reportedly transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The extent of the man's injuries was not immediately reported.
The circumstances of the bike accident, which took place near East Broadway and Eakin Street in Salem, are remaining under investigation. Police did issue a court summons for the driver of the pickup truck, which indicates that the driver will probably be charged by the state with some form of negligent driving in relation to the crash.
Several factors can contribute to a motor vehicle vs. bicycle accident. Drivers sometimes hit bicyclists or pedestrians when they are speeding or violating traffic laws. Sometimes the driver of the automobile will fail to see the cyclist because he or she is distracted with a cellphone.
Of course, we know that such accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries to the pedestrian or cyclist. Victims suffering catastrophic injuries typically incur huge costs associated with medical bills, surgeries, hospital stays, therapy and rehabilitation, medicine, continued care and lost wages.
Victims of such collisions can often collect compensation for these expenses with the assistance of a pedestrian accident attorney. Family members of those killed in tragic accidents are also often able to obtain compensation through a wrongful death claim.
While taking such legal action cannot turn back the hands of time, it does provide a financial remedy for some of the tangible costs of such an accident as well as hold the negligent driver accountable.