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The use of bicycles as a means of transportation has been increasing due to population growth and the growing awareness of the negative effects that automobiles have on the environment. Although riding a bike is a great clean source of transportation and exercise, a person can be exposed to a higher level of potential harm. When one finds themselves in a bicycle accident, they may want to file a lawsuit to recover damages for any injuries. These kinds of lawsuits involve many of the same issues as any auto accident lawsuit. Liability for bike accident injuries often comes down to negligence. This basically means who was responsible for the accident; whether the car driver negligence caused the cyclist's injuries, and whether any negligence by the cyclist caused or contributed to the accident. Negligence by a driver can be seen in many ways. For example, speeding, running a stop sign, and drifting into a bike lane all constitute driver negligence, or even recklessness if done with knowing disregard for the safety of others. Negligence for the cyclist could be seen as not obeying traffic signs/lights or recklessly swerving in/out of lanes. In accident cases involving children on bicycles, courts hold drivers to a higher standard.
It is important to remember that cyclists and drivers are obligated to obey the rules of the road. These rules include traffic laws, as well as the duty to exercise ordinary care in regards to one's own safety and that of others on the roadways. Bicycle accident lawsuits are governed by state law and are often informed by state and local traffic laws. Accidents involving cars and bicycles can involve serious injuries and large liabilities. Bicycle accident lawsuits often come down to whether the driver or the cyclist negligently caused or contributed to the accident. This negligence determination can be a complex and require in-depth analysis. If you or a loved one has been in a bike accident, you should consult with an attorney to best protect your rights. You should have no problem having an experienced law firm evaluate the merits of your claim for free. You should also make sure you know your state’s traffic laws.
This negligence determination can be a complex and require in-depth analysis. If you or a loved one has been in a bike accident, you should consult with John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC today, or simply stop by our office to set up your free initial case consultation.