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Cycling Woes: What To Do If You’re Hit While Cycling

Cycling Woes: What To Do If You’re Hit While Cycling

Cycling is typically a safe way to travel to various local destinations, but there are instances when a car swerves and doesn’t see the cyclist crossing, resulting in a collision with the cyclist.

If you’re the victim of a collision with a motor vehicle, then you should consider the following steps:

Who’s at fault?

In most states, your bicycle is considered a vehicle, so you need to follow proper road laws, like any other vehicle. Understand who has the right of way, because if you fail to acknowledge the right of way, then you may be held liable for the car and bike accident. Additionally, do not ride against the traffic. Better yet, you should always use the bike lanes if they are available.

The driver of the motor vehicle is at fault when they disregard the rules of the road. For instance, if they are not paying attention to the stop sign and accidentally strike a cyclist ahead of them, then they would be held liable for any injuries, as the driver would have exhibited a failure to yield.

What to do after a vehicle accident

The most common bicycle accidents are when the car makes a right turn across the bicyclist’s lane of travel.

If you and/or others are in a vehicle/cycling accident – especially when the car is injuring cyclists – there are a few steps needed to be taken:

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Finally, before you file a bike/car accident insurance claim, call an injury/accident attorney to guide you through the complexity of the accident.

An attorney will be able to represent you in a lawsuit, negotiate with insurance companies, and even hire a bike accident professional for additional advice.

If you call your insurance, what you say may be used against you later in court.

Successfully Navigating a Cycling Accident

If you end up in a collision with a motor vehicle, you need to be prepared. Not admitting fault (even when it isn’t your fault), documenting events, seeking medical attention, obtaining the driver’s information, and preserving evidence is critical when filing for a personal lawsuit injury.

Most importantly, contact an injury lawyer who will guide you every step of the way through the process of filing for compensation. That way, you’ll be more likely to receive compensation for any injuries and damages your property sustain.