Cycling is a great way to exercise, enjoy the beautiful California outdoors and even commute. Unfortunately, it also comes with some danger. Even though bicycle riders have a right to the road, not all drivers pay attention to them. When a car collides with a cyclist, the cyclist has little in the way of protection and can end up with serious injuries.
If a negligent driver hit you while you were riding your bike, you have a right to pursue the compensation you deserve. Talk to the experienced litigation attorney at the Law Offices of Derek P. Wisehart. We offer free consultations and will let you know what to expect with your case.
Negligent Driving Leads To Bike Accidents
Many negligent actions by drivers can lead to bike accidents. Bicycles and cars are subject to the same rights and responsibilities on the road, but a car driver often acts as if the bicycle simply isn’t there. This could be because they fail to pay attention and don’t see the bike, or because they think they automatically have the right of way and the bicycle will move for them. In both cases, the car driver is wrong. The following are some typical actions that cause collisions with bicycles:
- Cars turning left across lanes of traffic
- Opening a car door into a cyclist
- Sideswiping the bicycle
- Making a right turn into a bike they didn’t see next to them
- Distracted drivers not paying attention on road
The bottom line is that drivers are responsible for looking out for bikes. And when they don’t, they can be held accountable for medical bills, lost wages, injuries and more.