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Driver negligence and bicycle accidents

It can be a lot of fun to ride your bicycle, especially if you have enough time in your schedule to do it regularly.

Regardless of where you are headed or how much experience you have, there's something you need to remember: driver negligence is a serious concern.

Even when you are doing everything you should to obey the law, the same doesn't always hold true for motor vehicle operators. It only takes one mistake by a driver to put you in a compromising position.

Here are some of the many forms of driver negligence that can cause a bicycle accident:

  • Driving in excess of the speed limit
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Drifting into a bike lane or using a bike lane as a lane of travel
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

While you pay attention to what you can personally do to remain safe, you also need to watch out for risky behavior by the drivers around you.

If you are involved in any type of bicycle accident, stay where you are and call for help. You want the police and an ambulance to arrive at the scene as quickly as possible.

Once you receive treatment and understand your injuries, you can turn your attention to the accident itself. It's at that point that you can learn more about the cause, including if the driver acted in a negligent manner.

If you find that the driver was responsible for the crash, you will want to learn more about your legal rights and how to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Bicycle Accidents," accessed Sep. 21, 2017

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