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Legal Rights And Options For Bicycle Accident Victims

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Bicycle accidents on public roads are all too common, with approximately 130,000 cyclists being injured in crashes and around 1,000 dying on U.S roads every year. These accidents are not confined to a certain age group. They can happen to anyone and cost upwards of $23 billion annually.

Cyclists can be involved in accidents for a great many reasons, and in many cases, the cause is due to an obstruction on the road, such as a rock or animal.

In the event that you are involved in an accident while riding your bicycle, it is vital that you fully understand exactly what your legal rights are. You may be able to pursue a compensation claim in the event that any collision and subsequent injury was caused by a third party, for example, a careless or drunk driver, jay-walking pedestrian, or badly designed or maintained road.

What Are The Principal Causes Of Bicycle Accidents?

Cyclists can be involved in accidents for a great many reasons, and in many cases, the cause is due to an obstruction on the road, such as a rock or animal. Nevertheless, the most common reason for cyclists being involved in an accident is car users. The more serious crashes usually involve a motor vehicle, and it is more often than not the driver of the car who bears responsibility, whether this be down to a failure to yield to the cyclist, impaired visibility, distracted driving, careless driving, or even a poor road surface.

It is vital that the cause of the accident is determined, as the victim might be able to file a lawsuit in order to claim compensation in the event that the other party is to blame.

What Injuries Might Be Received In A Bicycle Accident?

Cyclists don’t have the protection enjoyed by car users, and as a result, they are exposed to more serious injury in the event of colliding with a motor vehicle.

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The injuries received might be considerable and could include brain damage, neck and head injuries, limb fractures, back injuries, or even death. These injuries could come from either striking the ground or from the impact of the collision with the motor vehicle.

Determining Who Was At Fault

Personal injury lawyers can help determine who was to blame for the accident and whether there is a case to pursue the perceived victim. All road users must obey the rules of the road, and this includes cyclists. Should a cyclist ignore a red light and subsequently fail to yield to a driver who has the right-of-way, then the cyclist would have to bear at least part of the blame.

Car drivers are supposed to exercise caution around cyclists, however, and be fully aware of the dangers they can pose. On that basis, car drivers are responsible for collisions with cyclists in many cases.

It needs to be determined whether either party was behaving more carelessly than would be expected in the circumstances and if any negligence on either part was the direct cause of the accident. Any investigation into the cause of the accident can be assisted by the use of eye-witness reports, police reports, and CCTV footage.

It needs to be determined whether either party was behaving more carelessly than would be expected in the circumstances and if any negligence on either part was the direct cause of the accident.

Legal Options Open To Bicycle Accident Victims

In the event that you are making a bicycle accident claim, there are several options open to you. Your health insurance should cover any medical care that you require. However, should you prove successful in claiming damages and receive compensation from the car driver, then you can reasonably expect the health insurer to attempt to recover the money spent from your settlement.

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You might receive compensation from your car insurer even in the event that you were on your bicycle at the time of the accident, while you could receive a payout from your home or renters insurance to cover the damage to your bicycle as well as any clothing or personal property.

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