Mansfield, NJ (May 21, 2022) – On Friday, May 20th, a 6-year-old boy riding a dirt bike was admitted to the hospital after he was hit by a truck pulling a horse trailer in Burlington County.
The crash took place at about 6:30 p.m. on Mount Pleasant Road in the area of Gaunts Bridge Road in Mansfield.
According to a township police report, the truck was heading eastbound on Mount Pleasant Road when the child was struck by the trailer’s rear fender, ejecting him from his bike.
He received treatment for his injuries on the scene until paramedics arrived. He was then transported to a hospital in Trenton.
Township police declined to comment on the victim’s condition except to say that he was still alive.
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the cause of this incident.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Causes of New Jersey Bicycle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that accidents involving bicycles made up more than 2% of all accident-related injuries in the United States in 2014. In that same year, more than 720 bicycle riders were killed in collisions with motor vehicles.
Bike accidents often happen when drivers operate their vehicles irresponsibly, exceed the posted speed limit, fail to be aware of their surroundings, and drive while they are distracted.
There are, however, a few causes of bike accidents involving motor vehicles that are more frequently documented than others. These include:
- Right-cross collisions: These occur when a car is exiting an alley, side street, parking lot, or driveway on the righthand side of a cyclist. The rider then is then hit as they pass in front of the car or if a driver pulls out too quickly and the cyclist does not have time to react and avoid the collision
- Right-hook collisions: This kind of crash takes place when a car passes the cyclist on its lefthand side and then makes a righthand turn in front of them. The rider is then hit by or unable to avoid crashing into the vehicle.
- Rear-end collisions: This incredibly common kind of bicycle crash happens when a car strikes the rider from behind. Bicyclists usually sustain severe injuries and are in danger of being run over by the negligent driver.
If you or a family member was injured in a bike accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you might have a viable claim against the at-fault person. A New Jersey bike accident lawyer can help you pursue legal action against the at-fault driver as well as help you get the justice and financial compensation you deserve. Contact us at (215) 600-0681 for more information.
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