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Is A Cyclist Ever At Fault For An Accident?

During the good weather, cyclists are all over the road. They can pop out of nowhere, and can also be the cause of an accident. It is not only drivers of cars that can be at fault for an injury. Let’s take a look at how a bicycle can be at fault for a motor vehicle accident.

Rules Of The Road

Bicyclists are held to the same rules of the road as cars. They need to obey traffic signs and right of way. They need to stay in designated area and signal when they are going to make turns. Just because they are not as big as cars, it doesn’t mean that they are not held to the same standards. Following the rules of the road is what keeps everyone sale and traveling in the right direction.

Liability In Theory

In theory, it is just as easy to show that a cyclist is at fault as it is to show that a motorist is at fault. During an accident, one party usually makes a decision that causes the accident to happen. Sometimes it is as easy as not signaling where you are going. Sometimes it is much harder to determine. A cyclist who fails to signal where they are going, or fails to obey other rules of the road is just as at fault as a motorist. Unfortunately, if the accident involves a car and a cyclist, it may be hard for witnesses to correctly identify what went wrong.

Real World Liability

At the scene of the accident, things can get very confusing. If you saw the accident or know anything, it is important to stay at the scene and give your account. This can help the police to piece together what might have happened. If you are involved in the accident, it is important to just stay calm and let everyone help you figure out what is going on. Getting mad won’t help anything. Getting a copy of the police report is one of the ways that you can prove what happened at the scene. If there is serious damage or an injury, be sure to get a copy of the police report to show to your lawyer and your insurance company. If you have the time, getting the contact information from a few witnesses might come in handy later as well. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to tell them what happened. If you leave it around for a few days, you may forget key details that are important to the case.

Leave It To The Experts

If the details are a little hazy, this is a case for the experts. Collect all the information that you can, but then give everything to your lawyer and let them handle the rest. They are trained to know what to do in these situations. Trying to handle things on your own can get messy. Why not save yourself the stress and hire someone who knows exactly what to do and how to get you what you need?

If you are looking for a lawyer to help you with your situation contact us at , Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh and get justice for your situation. We have the experience you need and the knowledge to solve your case. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Is A Cyclist Ever At Fault For An Accident?

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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