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Pedal toward compensation after a bicycle accident

Bicycles are a wonderful way to both get where you need to go and for exercise. Whether you travel by bike for recreational or transportation purposes, you know how enjoyable it is to participate in this type of activity. However, California cyclists face certain risks, and many of them involve other drivers. Often, accidents involving bicycles are the result of the reckless or negligent actions of other people. 

If you were hurt in an accident while riding your bike, chances are that it is not your fault. You may assume that it was the result of your own clumsiness, but in reality, you might have a rightful claim to financial compensation. After a bike accident, it is prudent to be fully aware of your legal options.

Who is to blame?

It can be difficult to determine who is to blame for your accident, no matter what type of accident or injuries you experienced. If you believe that you may have a case against a negligent or reckless driver, you have the right to pursue a legal remedy, but your lawsuit must prove the following:

  • That your injuries are the result of an accident
  • That your accident occurred because of the negligent or reckless actions of another person.

Drivers bear the responsibility of driving safely and practicing caution when in the vicinity of people traveling by bike. They are under the obligation to follow the rules or the road, and when their violation of these laws results in your harm, you do not have to stay silent.

Cyclists often feel unsure about their options or fail to take appropriate action because they believe their own actions played a role in the accident in some way. Whether a driver was speeding, driving drunk, failed to yield, drove too closely, ran through an intersection or did something else that caused you harm, you can always benefit from an explanation of your legal options.

Dangerous drivers held to account

Dangerous drivers are a threat to every person who is riding a bike. Whether you bike for business, pleasure, exercise or financial reasons, you have the right to assume that others will properly share the road and follow all traffic laws.

Because people on bikes are largely unprotected against an impact from a larger vehicle, these incidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Victims and families could have a rightful claim to financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as other accident-related losses.

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