Who Is Typically To Blame For Bike Accidents?

by Terry Bryant

Bike accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence on American roads, whether they are from a driver’s negligence or a vehicle malfunction. When cyclists share the road with much larger passenger vehicles, collisions can quickly turn devastating, or even fatal.

A distracted or negligent motorist is typically to blame in these sorts of situations, either from not obeying traffic laws or from the failure to properly assess cyclists, especially in intersections. This means that many motorists are quickly found liable for damages and injuries, though there are scenarios where neither parties are responsible for the incident. For example, if the roads are unfit to drive or if proper signage is not followed, the city can be a culpable party. Additionally, situations where one of the vehicles malfunctioned and caused the wreck can end with the manufacturer being liable.

Bike accidents can cause a variety of injuries to the rider, with some being permanent disabilities. Trauma to the extremities including the head, face and neck are among the most common. These can range in severity from simple abrasions, to gravel and debris becoming lodged in the skin and body, requiring special removal. Broken bones, especially those to the ribs, arms and legs are also very commonplace in cyclist accidents. The most traumatic injuries are those to the brain, and while a helmet can prevent a great deal of damage, it can’t protect riders in the most extreme wrecks. Medical bills for these injuries can extend far into the future, which is why so many victims consult with a personal injury attorney.