Given the nation's increasing attention to personal health and the changing environment, it is no surprise that bicycles are more popular than ever. However, despite their reputation for providing good exercise and green transportation, bicycles are not without dangers. Riders are at risk of very serious injuries in the event of an accident. Bicycle accidents fall into two primary categories: those that involve automobiles and those that do not. Both can be serious, although those involving a motor vehicle tend to result in greater injury.
If you have been injured due to a bicycle accident, call the experienced Kansas City personal injury attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. With a proven history of claims success, you can be sure we have the expertise needed to resolve your case.
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Although many cities are beginning to build special lanes and paths for bicyclists, the majority of riders find themselves sharing the roadway with cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. In most states, including Missouri, bicycles are considered vehicles on the road. Thus, bicyclists share the same rights and have the same responsibilities as motorists, and are also at risk of being in an accident with an automobile.
As the smallest and least visible vehicle on the road, bicycles are particularly vulnerable to today's distracted drivers.
When the driver of an automobile is not paying attention, any of the following can happen:
In all of these situations, the driver is failing to follow the law and may be liable for damages incurred by the bicyclist.
Based on the severity of the accident, a bicyclist may be entitled to compensation from the driver and / or their insurance company. This compensation may include damage to the bicycle or other property, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the tragic event of a fatal accident, the victim's family or dependents may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
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When an automobile is not involved, there is an assumption that a bicyclist is responsible for any accident that he or she may have.
Although this is true in many cases, liability may still come into play. When a bicycle is improperly assembled or has defective parts, for example, it may be possible to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer or retailer.
Determining who is at fault in a bicycle accident can be complicated. Understanding the applicable laws and knowing how to gather the right information is critical in establishing a liability claim. If you have been involved in an accident due to the actions of another person or equipment failure, seek legal advice as soon as possible.
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