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This is the first entry of my three part series on Bicycle Safety including information on reducing risk, types of injuries, insurance issues, liability, and litigation.


There is always a risk of injury when a person is learning or competing in a sport. Bicyclists face a unique challenge however, as many of our risks come from sources which are EXTERNAL to their own conduct or the act of cycling. More specifically, these risks come from the cars traveling around us and the condition of the roadways and surroundings in which we ride. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) bicycle fact sheet, every year nearly 50,000 people are injured in accidents that involve both vehicles and bikes. About 13,000 of those injured are children.

The types of injuries from vehicle-vs-bicycle accidents can be very severe, running the gamut from hand and wrist injuries, to broken collar bones and ribs, and even traumatic brain injuries.Answering the question: “Who pays for these injuries?” can be complicated. For instance did you know that in some states a bicyclist in a car-bike accident will generally turn to his/her CAR insurance to pay for medical bills and related damages? In other states or different circumstances, a bicyclist may instead need to turn to his health insurance, or homeowners/renters insurance for coverage. A good rule of thumb is to speak proactively with your insurance agent or a bicycle accident lawyer, such as myself, about improving your coverage. Try focusing first on the actual coverages, rather than the price of the policy when you do so. You’ll thank me if you’re ever hurt due to the negligence of another.

Continue Reading Bicycle Safety Blog Series Part 1: How to Reduce the Risk of Bike Accidents

Congratulations to Stark & Stark attorneys Martin P. Schrama and David M. Schmid for receiving certifications by the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Certification Committee as Certified Civil Trial Attorneys.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recognizes five areas of specialty for Attorney Certification, which are:

  • Civil Trial Law
  • Criminal Trial Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law

Stark & Stark Shareholder Bruce H. Stern, member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group, authored the Railroads: Accountability Equals Safety, which was published on NJ.com on December 17, 2015.

The article details the recent Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, in which a train derailed and killed 8 people and injured over 200. Unfortunately

The New Jersey Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau recently announced that the maximum weekly rate that will be paid to workers who get injured in the year 2016 will increase. The weekly rate paid under the workers’ compensation statute is 70% of wages, up to a maximum that changes each year.

The maximum a workers

I learned recently that bicycling has increased by 60% over the past 15 years. Once considered an activity associated mainly with exercise or with leisurely rides on summer vacations, biking has become a commonplace mode of primary transportation for many people in cities and suburbs across the country. With this increase in usage, there has also been a marked increase in the number of serious collisions that have occurred involving bikes and motor vehicles as well as collisions that have occurred with bikes and pedestrians.

In this blog, I will focus on a recent case where a cyclist collided with a truck that was parked on a roadway.

Continue Reading Bicycle Accidents with Vehicles and Pedetrians

Shareholders Vicki W. Beyer and Marci H. Jordan, both members of the Workers’ Compensation Group, co-authored the article Veterans Disability Benefits: Navigating the VA’s Complex System, which was published on NJ.com on October 9, 2015.

The article explains the appeals process for denied VA benefits. Veterans who have served our country and