Bicycle Accident Injury Lawsuit
By Chris Kramer
Bicycle riders are perhaps the most noble of all commuters. Through sweat, grit, and determination, they bravely navigate busy streets designed for larger, more aggressive vehicles.
Unfortunately, one-sided contests between bikes and cars on narrow roads often result in serious injuries to innocent cyclists. If you have been injured on your bike due to an accident with a car, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.
To connect with a local attorney for a free consultation about your potential bicycle accident injury lawsuit, simply fill out the brief form below.
Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Basics
The legal principles that govern a bicycle accident injury lawsuit are, in many respects, very similar to those that guide a car accident lawsuit. First, cyclists are usually expected to follow the rules of the road, which apply to car accidents, as well.
Of course, traffic laws vary by state, but a common principle in bike accident cases is whether the driver that caused the accident was acting negligently.
This means that drivers can be liable for an accident even if they did not act intentionally. Examples of negligent driving may include:
- Driving through a stop sign
- Drifting into designated bike lanes
- Opening car doors without first checking for bikes
In addition to the perpetual fear of being "doored," bicyclists also fear cars turning into them at intersections, as well as other dangerous acts by drivers who are not aware of cyclists on the road.
Depending on your state’s injury laws, if you’ve been injured by a driver performing one of these acts, you may be eligible to file a bike accident lawsuit. There are, however, other factors to consider.
Contributory Negligence in Bicycle Accidents
Even though your accident was partially caused by someone else, if you violated a traffic law that contributed to the accident, you may not be able to pursue as much injury compensation.
This negligence, often called contributory negligence, may occur when a cyclist:
- Rides against the flow of traffic
- Runs through red lights
- Veers between lanes
Again, the effect of a bicyclist’s own negligence on a bike accident lawsuit varies by state, but it may reduce the odds of obtaining a healthy personal injury settlement.
Nevertheless, bike accident injuries can lead to very serious injuries, and courts do not take them lightly. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to a bicycle accident, contact a local injury attorney today to learn more about your legal options.