The Devastating Effects of Automobile / Bicycle Collisions
When a car and bicycle collide, there is no contest. The cyclist is sure to come off the loser in such encounters, and lucky to come out of it with just a few bruises and scratches. In most cases, severe injury results, an individuals pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may have difficulty when it comes to proving responsibility.
Being hit by a car is perhaps the thing that bikers fear most but it is a fairly rare occurrence. For one thing, most cyclists ride during the day, so the chances of not being seen are less likely. For another, most motorists give way to cyclists as a matter of courtesy. Bike riding on roads that have no bike lane is risky, although if you follow road rules for bikes, you should be okay.
Cyclists should know and follow the rules of the road whenever they put on their pedal pushers. Biking is a great way to keep in shape as well as an environmentally-friendly way to get from here to there. But there is always the risk that you could end up injured on the side of the road, a statistic in the ranks of bicycle accidents. In areas where there are accommodations for bike riders, the chances of being hit by a car is lower, but that doesn’t mean there is no need for bicycle safety gear. A slight bump in the road is enough to send you flying, so safety first at all times.
If by some unlucky chance a collision does occur, some type of negligence on the part of the cyclist, motorist, or the local agency responsible for road safety and maintenance is involved. If you are involved in an accident and you are wearing the proper safety gear, it will be easier to claim for personal injury compensation. If the motorist was negligent, or the condition of the road rendered it unsafe for cyclists, then the cyclist has a right to pursue compensation for his or her injuries from the responsible party.