Personal Injury – Bicycle Accident
What if a bicycle accident happened?
California has the most frequent bike-related traffic accidents in the nation, and Los Angeles is particularly dangerous for cyclists due to heavy traffic and careless drivers.
Bicycle accidents often occur due to negligence of motorists. Especially nowadays, many drivers are distracted by text messages, meals or phone calls that increase the risk of accidents. Negligent drivers are especially dangerous to bicycle riders since bicycle accidents can cause a fatal injury to the cyclist.
Determining the party responsible for damages of a bicycle accident depends on finding the negligent party; whether the driver of the bicycle is injured by the driver’s negligence or recklessness or whether the accident occurred due to the fault of the bicycle rider is the key determinant of the claim.
There are many forms of negligence by motorists. For example, speeding, ignoring stop signals, and busting into a bike lane are all considered driver negligence. Likewise, if the motorist drives recklessly, ignoring the safety of others, he or she will be held responsible for violating the basic duty of care owed to everyone else on or near the roadways.
Cyclist negligence may also cause traffic accidents. Cyclist negligence usually involves traveling in the opposite direction on a one-way street, ignoring a stop signal, or turning abruptly into traffic.
If the court determines that the cause of the traffic accident is the negligence of the cyclist during the trial, he or she may not be able to recover damages even if injured. In this case, recklessness of the cyclist is considered the cause of his or her own injury. In addition, if others involved in traffic accidents are injured due to negligence or recklessness of the cyclist, he or she will be held liable for their damages.
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you should consult with an attorney to recover damages.
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