Perhaps you or a family member were recently involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle and are wondering if you have a solid personal injury claim. The validity of personal injury claims involving bicycles rests on a variety of factors. Though you may have property damage or injuries, the cause of your accident can impact the amount of compensation you are eligible for.
Your version of events may not provide an accurate picture of who is responsible for the accident. Regardless of who you believe is at fault, if you have injuries or property damage, you should file a claim to hold the responsible party liable to ensure you receive compensation for your ordeal. If a family member dies from in a bicycle accident, you may pursue compensation for their wrongful death.
Common causes of bicycle/auto accidents
Many accidents involving bicyclists and motorists often occur due to unsafe conditions. Here is a breakdown of some common causes of bicycle and car collisions.
- Poor road conditions
- Lack of visibility
- Not following road and traffic rules
- Vehicle defects
Bicycle accidents are not always the sole fault of motorists. Some incidents involve inattentive cyclists who engage in reckless behavior or ride in unsafe and non-designated bike areas. Accidents can also occur when both motorist and cyclist engage in dangerous behavior during their commute. An investigation can help determine the amount of liability each party has and facilitate proper legal recourse.
Bicycle accidents are not always avoidable. To minimize the risk of injury in bicycle accidents, you should pay attention when you ride, follow all riding rules and wear proper safety gear.