Determining Liability in Cycling Accident Cases

Bicyclists may not be visible or heard as they travel along roads and enter intersections. Bicyclists have a higher chance of being injured or killed in an accident. The evaluation of liability will determine whether a claim can be made for injuries or damages sustained in a bicycle accident.

Nearly two-thirds of all crashes involving bicyclists deal with these individuals only instead of including passenger drivers. These people are often plagued by mechanical problems, poor decisions, and dangerous road conditions. Potholes, cracked gravel, cracks and other road hazards could cause a biker to lose control of his or her bike. One-third of these accidents involve passenger or commercial vehicles. While the motorist may be at fault in some cases, sometimes the cyclist is the one responsible for injury and damage. It is crucial to know what to do next.

Factors of Vehicles

Lightweight bikes are more likely to be damaged than heavier and bulkier vehicles. It is almost guaranteed that the person on the bike will sustain harm contrasted to those in a car, truck, bus or other automobile where harm may be minimum or non-existent. These situations that involve physical injury may require the services of personal injury lawyers. These wrecks result in over 700 deaths for bicyclists, with many more suffering severe injuries. In certain parts of the United States, this problem has become more common due to an increase in small-vehicle motorists.

A person may wonder if the driver should always be held responsible for these accidents. In many cases, however, even though the biker is operating within the law, the bicyclist can be held responsible. Even if the biker files legal action, it is possible that he or she will not have a case that is solidly based on specific factors. Bicycle operators may be responsible for the accident if they fail to yield or bike in an unsafe direction. These are just a few examples of common accidents that can help you understand these situations better.

Cycling Liability Factors

Bicyclists without front lights at night can be difficult to see on the roads or at the side of the traffic. A lot of states require that a rear reflector be red and a front light emit white illumination to ensure these people are not involved in a collision. Even in states that don’t require it, the driver of a passenger or commercial vehicle may have a case against liability based on the negligent actions of a bicyclist. If these cyclists fail to stop in a safe manner, they are at risk of being struck by another driver. Just as it is for cars and trucks, this action is required for cyclists to avoid a collision. Failure to stop could result in a driver not being able to collect damages for injuries. Many bikers speed right through stop signs and don’t slow down. They don’t realize that road and traffic signs also apply to them.

When a cyclist turns right in front of another vehicle that is not also doing so, he or she may be at risk of a collision. These actions are usually dangerous because of misjudging the driver behind them. Directional signal use could be used in litigation as well. Others factors include sudden stops in traffic, riding among vehicles and any other actions that could lead to injuries or accidents. To avoid injury, it is crucial that bikers are aware of the movements of other vehicles while they are riding in their path.


An investigation into an accident should be done to determine who was at fault, what caused it and how to proceed. It is important to consider all factors and provide evidence. A lawyer can be crucial in helping you get a favorable outcome to a personal injury claim.

Updated on 12/13/21