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Who’s at fault in a bike crash?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2018 | Firm News, Personal Injury

When you exercise, the last thing you’re thinking about is getting hit by a car. Unfortunately, whether you’re a pedestrian, cyclist or another road user, there is a risk of getting into a collision.

As with any kind of crash, there is a risk that you could suffer an injury. If you do, then the person responsible for the collision should pay for your medical care and needs.

What can you do to show that the other party is at fault?

It’s pretty simple to show fault in most cases. For instance, if you were crossing the street in a crosswalk, the driver is most certainly at fault, because the driver has to be aware of the risk of pedestrians in that area of the roadway. In comparison, if you are struck jaywalking, it’s more likely that you’ll be held at fault.

If you are riding a bike with the flow of traffic and get hit from behind, it is again pretty clear that you’ve been hit by another person and that it was not your fault. In most instances, crashes from the rear are automatically the fault of the rear driver.

After you get into a crash, remember that drivers are obligated to obey the rules of the road, even if you’re not in a vehicle yourself. If the driver was negligent, leaves the scene or was distracted, then it’s likely that you can hold them accountable for their actions. Seek medical care, and when the police arrive, you can discuss the situation and how you were hit by another party.