Plenty of people across America have begun to ride bikes as an alternative way to commute to work, get around busy cities, and visit their friends. In fact, bike riding has increased in metropolitan areas as well as more rural communities and neighborhoods. Not surprisingly, this rash of enthusiasm for cycling has led to an increase in accidents between bikes, cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, but who is at-fault when this type of incident happens? Can an injured cyclist recover damages, whether from a driver’s insurance carrier or through a personal injury lawsuit? The answers depend on certain circumstances, beginning with how the crash happened.
Unless otherwise noted, bikers have a right to travel on roads alongside motorized vehicles. Except under certain conditions, they are normally required to travel in the far right-hand lane or, if available, the designated bike lane. Even though bike riders have these rights, they can still find themselves in dangerous situations, even when they ride legally. For instance, if a bicyclist is traveling in the right-hand lane and a person in a parked car on the right side of the road suddenly opens their door, a collision would be inevitable, unless the biker has enough warning and can safely move to the left.
As another example, a bicyclist may be riding in a designated bike lane when a car suddenly decides to travel or turn in the bike lane, hitting the cyclist from the side or rear. The result could be devastating to the cyclist, even if the rider was wearing the proper protective gear. In these situations, a bike rider who has been hurt has every right to make a claim against the driver’s insurance carrier. However, as with all claims, the carrier may deny benefits. Proving what happened at the accident scene can be tricky, particularly without any direct evidence or corroborating witnesses. By seeking the advice of a personal injury lawyer, victims can navigate the complexities of these types of legal problems.
If you find yourself going head-to-head against an aggressive car insurance provider after experiencing a bicycle accident that left you with significant medical bills and lost wages, you do not have to back down without a fight. Contact the Eatontown personal injury lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. for a free consultation today. Call us at 732-493-9400 or submit an online form to get started.
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