Bicycle Accidents
 
Riding a bike has its pros and cons. It is a fun and healthy way to get around but it is not without risks. Depending on where you are in the country, you will find that getting around on a bicycle can be perilous.

In some States, bicycles have their own lanes. Also in some States, bicycles are given the same rights on the road as other vehicles. While they do not have this right in a few States, riders are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicle drivers on the road.

The sad part, however, is that other people do not regard bicyclists with the same respect and care as they would other vehicles. This disregard for the safety and rights of people on bicycles often lead to accidents where cyclists are forced off the road by cars and other motorized vehicles or are not allowed to get across an intersection first even when they have the right of way. In short, the lack of respect for the rights of cyclists tends to lead to accidents happening and people getting injured.
 
Different Kinds of Bicycle Accidents

Not all bicycle accidents are the same. There are a few different accidents that bicycles can be involved in. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Dooring – This is an accident that can cause both the person in the car and the cyclist injuries. When you say that a cyclist got “doored”, that means that someone opened their car door the exact moment that a bicycle was passing by.
  • A car turning right – This accident happens when a bicycle is on the right side of a vehicle and cannot be seen by the driver because of a blind spot.
  • A car turning left – This accident is less prevalent than that when a car turns right and usually happens when the driver is preoccupied and did not see the cyclist till it was too late.
  • Overtaking vehicle – This type of an accident usually happens at night. The cyclist gets hit by a vehicle that is overtaking another vehicle and does not see that ahead of the said vehicle being overtaken is a bicycle. Sometimes, this happens when the driver of the overtaking vehicle is preoccupied or intoxicated.
  • Intersection accidents – As the phrase implies, these happen at intersections and involves a bicycle not being given the right of way by vehicles as it crosses an intersection.
  • Private drive accidents – These occur when a vehicle backs out of their driveway or garage without checking for bicycles that are passing by. This also happens when a bicycle is doing the same thing but is hit by a passing vehicle that does not acknowledge or see that they are entering the street.
  • Cycling against traffic – This accounts for most of the accidents that bicyclists get into, with the cyclist riding against the flow of traffic, not taking into consideration that they actually have the same responsibilities and rights as other drivers and vehicles.

 
What to Do When You Are in a Bicycle Accident

Whether you are the cyclist or the driver behind the wheel of a car, bicycle accidents are a serious matter. The first thing that needs to be done when this happens is to ensure that all parties with injuries are taken care of and medical aid is given. More-often-than-not, cyclists get the brunt of the accident and end up with more serious injuries than those in the car.

When an accident like this happens, both the bicycle rider and the person in the car need to assess who is at fault. Liability boils down to which vehicle had the right of way, and it is from this that fault is determined. So whether you are in a car that gets hit by a bicycle or a bicycle that gets hit by a car, if the other party is liable, you might be eligible to claim compensation.

If you are not sure that you have a legitimate claim to compensation for injuries incurred due to a bicycle accident, you can find out by answering this questionnaire. Simply answer the questions in this form and find out in a minute if your claim has merit. Don’t delay finding out since all claims come with a statute of limitations that may inhibit you from claiming anything after it runs out. Fill out our form today and get the information you need to make an educated decision regarding your claim.

 

Bicycle Accidents
 
Riding a bike has its pros and cons. It is a fun and healthy way to get around but it is not without risks. Depending on where you are in the country, you will find that getting around on a bicycle can be perilous.

In some States, bicycles have their own lanes. Also in some States, bicycles are given the same rights on the road as other vehicles. While they do not have this right in a few States, riders are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicle drivers on the road.

The sad part, however, is that other people do not regard bicyclists with the same respect and care as they would other vehicles. This disregard for the safety and rights of people on bicycles often lead to accidents where cyclists are forced off the road by cars and other motorized vehicles or are not allowed to get across an intersection first even when they have the right of way. In short, the lack of respect for the rights of cyclists tends to lead to accidents happening and people getting injured.
 
Different Kinds of Bicycle Accidents

Not all bicycle accidents are the same. There are a few different accidents that bicycles can be involved in. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Dooring – This is an accident that can cause both the person in the car and the cyclist injuries. When you say that a cyclist got “doored”, that means that someone opened their car door the exact moment that a bicycle was passing by.
  • A car turning right – This accident happens when a bicycle is on the right side of a vehicle and cannot be seen by the driver because of a blind spot.
  • A car turning left – This accident is less prevalent than that when a car turns right and usually happens when the driver is preoccupied and did not see the cyclist till it was too late.
  • Overtaking vehicle – This type of an accident usually happens at night. The cyclist gets hit by a vehicle that is overtaking another vehicle and does not see that ahead of the said vehicle being overtaken is a bicycle. Sometimes, this happens when the driver of the overtaking vehicle is preoccupied or intoxicated.
  • Intersection accidents – As the phrase implies, these happen at intersections and involves a bicycle not being given the right of way by vehicles as it crosses an intersection.
  • Private drive accidents – These occur when a vehicle backs out of their driveway or garage without checking for bicycles that are passing by. This also happens when a bicycle is doing the same thing but is hit by a passing vehicle that does not acknowledge or see that they are entering the street.
  • Cycling against traffic – This accounts for most of the accidents that bicyclists get into, with the cyclist riding against the flow of traffic, not taking into consideration that they actually have the same responsibilities and rights as other drivers and vehicles.

 
What to Do When You Are in a Bicycle Accident

Whether you are the cyclist or the driver behind the wheel of a car, bicycle accidents are a serious matter. The first thing that needs to be done when this happens is to ensure that all parties with injuries are taken care of and medical aid is given. More-often-than-not, cyclists get the brunt of the accident and end up with more serious injuries than those in the car.

When an accident like this happens, both the bicycle rider and the person in the car need to assess who is at fault. Liability boils down to which vehicle had the right of way, and it is from this that fault is determined. So whether you are in a car that gets hit by a bicycle or a bicycle that gets hit by a car, if the other party is liable, you might be eligible to claim compensation.

If you are not sure that you have a legitimate claim to compensation for injuries incurred due to a bicycle accident, you can find out by answering this questionnaire. Simply answer the questions in this form and find out in a minute if your claim has merit. Don’t delay finding out since all claims come with a statute of limitations that may inhibit you from claiming anything after it runs out. Fill out our form today and get the information you need to make an educated decision regarding your claim.

 

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