Understanding Your Rights as a Bicyclist in New Jersey

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Understanding Your Rights as a Bicyclist in New Jersey

If you have been injured in a bicycle-motor vehicle collision and want to know your rights, please do not hesitate to call me, Corey Morano, Esq. for a free consultation at 201-598-5019 or email me at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com right away!

You may be well aware that bicyclists in New Jersey are required to keep to the right side of the road when using a roadway shared with motor vehicles. Riding single file as close to the right curb as you can safely allow for is the general rule that should be followed when taking your bicycle out for a spin. But did you know that there are exceptions to this law?

According to NJSA 39:4-14.2, New Jersey bicyclists are exempt from riding on the right side of the road if certain conditions are met. The following situations permit bicyclists to move out of the right side of the road:

  • If you are making a left turn from a left-turn lane or pocket
  • If you are moving to avoid debris, drains, or other hazardous conditions that make it impossible to ride at the right side of the roadway
  • If you are passing a slower moving vehicle
  • If you are moving to occupy any available lane when traveling at the same speed as other traffic
  • If you are traveling no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded

By keeping these exceptions in mind when you go out for a ride, you can make the activity safer for everyone involved. If you believe that you have acted appropriately within the boundaries of the law yet have become the victim of a bicycle-motor vehicle collision nonetheless, then you should act immediately to protect your rights. Call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly for a free consultation.