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BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Bicyclists are usually not well protected when riding on paths or streets.  Hindrance for riders can be road maintenance issues such as potholes, road debris, severe unrepaired cracks and holes in the streets. Even car doors from driver neglect, even dog attacks are possible. Frequently bad weather or poor driving visibility can come into play when a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle.

At Hollingsworth and Mumen, we can easily investigate and do the research to find out if we can sustain and prove your case. We may get compensation for you from the driver, driver's insurance company,  and/or the city. Time is valuable, the quicker you act the more evidence we can usually obtain. Do not hesitate to call us and make an inquiry. See contact us or immediate free case evaluation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in the summer of 2002, 57 million people or 28% of the population rode bikes.

The NHTSA reveal that the total cost of bicyclist injury and death is over $4 billion per year.

Frequent occurrences

  • Motorists sideswiping bicyclists, often by misjudging the space needed to safely pass 
  • Bicyclists unexpectedly turning or merging into the path of a motorist, often making left turns into the path of an oncoming motorist 
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection by motorist or another bicyclist
  • Motorists unexpectedly turning or merging into the path of a cyclist, often making left turns in the path of an oncoming cyclist 
  • Many times drivers have blind spots in their cars and are not thorough when they are looking before the merge into another lane or making a turn.
  • Bicyclists, typically children, failing to yield the right-of-way at a mid-block location, often a business or residential drive.

If an accident is partly due to your own fault, you can still recover from the party that was primarily responsible for your injuries. However, the amount of your recovery will be reduced under what is called 'comparative negligence', or 'comparative fault'. The opposing party's carelessness is compared to yours, and that determines the percentage of liability and compensation is calculated accordingly.

Sources of compensation for bicycle accident injuries/losses
  • Owners and drivers of any vehicle on the road may be liable for the conduct of the driver and abiding by the traffic laws in each state. These car owners may range from the parents of drivers under the age of 18 to company entities providing their employees or contractors with automobiles. to aid them in their job.
  • Uninsured Motorists coverage may exist under your and/or your passengers’ policies, which can provide additional sources of compensation in a car accident under certain circumstances.
  • Government units and agencies may share  traffic/auto accident if their services/technology/construction/maintenance or anything they are responsible to do fails in any way including abiding by state, county or city codes and proper regulations. See dangerous roads page
  • Employers have the responsibility for any traffic/auto accident caused by their employees during the time of performing their job.
  • Bicycle manufacturers may face separate liability for negligence during the manufacturing process or design process for injuries due to an accident.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost Wages regarding any time off from your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)