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Who is at fault in a bike and car collision?

Cycling can be dangerous, especially when on busy roads or when not observing the rules of the road. Bicycle accidents happen frequently, sometimes leading to minor injuries, and occasionally causing fatalities.

Determining who is at fault in a bicycle accident, especially when it involved a motor vehicle, can be difficult and complex. This blog provides a brief overview on the basics of liability in cycle accidents, so you have some insight into who may be at fault.

The duties of road users

Drivers and cyclists alike must obey the road rules in a safe and responsible way. They must exercise care for their own safety and for the safety of all others on the road.

Was the driver responsible for negligence or recklessness?

Negligence conducted by a driver that could lead to a cycle accident include speeding, going through a stop sign, or making a right turn across a bike lane without watching for cyclists.

As a driver, it is important to consider the fact that your vehicle has the ability to cause a lot of damage to a cyclist, and that a cyclist is quite vulnerable in comparison.

Could a cyclist be considered negligent?

Negligent cyclists will rarely be sued themselves, but in their attempt to sue a driver, they may fail because it can be proven that they were at fault, too. This negligence could include cycling the wrong way on a one-way street, not cycling in a designated bike lane or weaving dangerously in and out of traffic lanes.

Injured bicyclists should review all of their legal options before deciding whether or not to take action.

Source: FindLaw, "Bicycle accidents," accessed Aug. 4, 2017

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