Did you know that motorists and cyclists have the same rights when on the road in Colorado? Along with those rights, they share the same responsibilities. They are supposed to share the roads, and unfortunately, that can lead to some issues. Cyclists often end up in serious crashes that lead to injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident, a Boulder bicycle accident attorney can help. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries as well as other damages related to your accident.
Causes of Boulder Bike Accidents
Bicycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but typically, the motorist is at fault. Unfortunately, even though the motorist is at fault, the cyclist is typically the one who suffers through the injuries.
Common causes of bike accidents include:
- Failure to yield
- Careless driving
- Distracted driving
- Running stop signs
While these are common causes of accidents, bicycle accidents don’t always involve motor vehicles. A cyclist might crash into a building or a curb because a bike was poorly designed. If that’s the case, the manufacturer might be at fault. Your attorney will examine the evidence and determine if a claim should be made against the manufacturer.
A cyclist can also collide with a pedestrian. If the pedestrian walked in front of the cyclist and caused the collision, he or she could be at fault. Again, your attorney might submit a case against the pedestrian.
In addition, some cyclists get in accidents because the road was in bad shape. This could be a government agency’s fault. If that’s the case, your attorney might choose to sue the government agency on your behalf.
Do You Have a Case?
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, you likely want to know if you have a case. That depends on a variety of factors.
First, your lawyer will determine the circumstances of the case. Did the motorist do something to cause the accident? Was the bike poorly designed? Were the roads in disrepair? Your attorney will look at all the circumstances before moving forward.
Then, your attorney will look at the extent of your injuries and the medical bills you have. Hospital stays and surgical procedures will also be considered.
Your attorney will also need to look at all the available evidence. Simply thinking the motorist was distracted isn’t enough. Your attorney needs to be able to prove it. If he or she can, you likely have a case.
Bicycle Accidents and Children – What You Need to Know
If you are an adult, you have a certain duty of care when you’re on the roads. That is true for cyclists and motorists alike. However, motorists are expected to exhibit a higher-than-normal duty of care when dealing with children. Children are essentially held to a lower standard, so if a motorist has hit your child, it might be easier to prove the motorist was at fault. This is especially true if the child is under the age of 4. Children 3 and younger cannot be negligent, so it’s easier to prove the case.
Choosing a Boulder Bicycle Accident Attorney
Trying to decide if you have a case is overwhelming. Talk to a Boulder bicycle accident attorney and let the lawyer determine if you should move forward. The Fang Law Firm has experience in handling these types of cases and is happy to help you. Contact us for a consultation, and we will let you know if you should move forward with your case. Then, we will produce a plan to represent you as we fight for the best possible outcome.