Common Bicycle Accidents and who may be at fault

Accidents involving bicycles and cars account for only 11% of cyclists' accidents. However, 45% of these wrecks occur at an intersection. There are two common bicycle hazards that often take place when cars and bikes meet at an intersection:

1. Turning left. When a cyclist and a motorist arrive at an intersection from opposite directions and both are turning left, it is a danger to both vehicles. Motorists can fail to notice the bicycle. For this situation, it is often the motorist who may be at fault.

2. Turning right. This can be a danger for several reasons. If, for example, a cyclist rides past the right side of the car and the vehicle turns right, there could be a collision. Another common situation causes a car and bicycle accident when a car passes a cyclist, then turns right in front of the bike. Depending on the behaviors of the motorist and the cyclist, fault will be determined accordingly.

In these and other situations, cyclists are responsible for obeying the right-of-way rules. It would be an error for cyclists to assume that they do not have to follow the "rules of the road." This is important for safety and liability issues.

If a cyclist is found to be at fault, they could be held responsible for damage to the car and injures to the motorist. Also, they might not be able to collect for their own injuries.

For any questions related to an accident between a car and a bicycle, contact our experienced attorneys.

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