It can be quite difficult to determine liability in a car-bicycle accident. Both parties must follow traffic laws, and both are expected to take certain steps that warn each other of their expected courses of action. When they fail to do so, they put themselves – and others on the road – at risk of being involved in a dangerous accident. Even though cyclists typically suffer the most harm in these incidents, drivers can also be injured upon impact.
It is no surprise that drivers can take negligent actions that endanger cyclists. Some of the more common acts of hazardous driver conduct include the following:
- Disregarding bike paths
- Being aggressive toward cyclists
- Opening car doors without checking for oncoming cyclist traffic
- Passing or turning without turn signals, or in a dangerous manner
- Assuming that a cyclist is going slower than he or she actually is
Cyclists, too, can make poor or reckless decisions that can put themselves (as well as others) in harm’s way:
- Failing to follow traffic laws and traffic signals
- Not alerting drivers of upcoming turns or slowing down
- Passing cars dangerously, and at an unsafe speed
- Failing to keep bicycle in proper working order
Remember: it only takes one mistake on behalf of either party for people to be injured and lives to be lost. If you are a driver or a cyclist, it is very important for you to take the necessary safety steps so that the roads remain safe for all.
If you have been injured in a car-bicycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or malicious intent, then you may have the right to recover compensation for your many losses. Contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.