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Liability in bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles

On Behalf of | May 31, 2024 | Bike Accidents

Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles can result in serious injuries. Understanding liability in these cases is crucial for both cyclists and drivers.

Determining liability

Liability in bicycle accidents depends on who acted negligently. Negligence means failing to exercise reasonable care, which leads to an accident. Both cyclists and drivers must follow traffic laws and act responsibly on the road. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers using their phones or not paying attention can easily hit cyclists.
  • Failing to yield: Drivers may not yield the right of way to cyclists at intersections.
  • Speeding: High speeds reduce reaction time, making it harder to avoid collisions.
  • Dooring: Drivers or passengers can open car doors into the path of an oncoming cyclist.
  • Cyclist errors: Cyclists can also cause accidents by ignoring traffic signals or riding against traffic.

Steps to take after an accident

If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, there are important steps to take. Firstly, call the police to report the accident as soon as possible. Seeking medical attention is crucial, even if your injuries seem minor. Remember to gather evidence by taking photos of the accident scene, your bike, the vehicle involved, and any visible injuries. Don’t forget to get contact information from any witnesses. It’s essential to exchange information with the driver involved, sharing contact and insurance details.

Filing a claim

To file a claim, you must prove the driver’s negligence caused the accident and your injuries. Your lawyer will gather evidence, such as the police report, medical records, and witness statements, to build your case. They will negotiate with insurance companies and, if necessary, represent you in court.

Staying safe on the road

Determining liability after an accident can be complex. It’s important to gather any evidence you may have and fight for the compensation you deserve.