Seeking help from a Lakewood accident lawyer when sorting through car and bicycle accident liability issues can help move the process along. Although it is typically assumed the driver of a car is responsible for a bicycle accident, liability may be found with the bicyclist in some cases, as well.
In addition, a lawyer can explain the legal options that may be available. The attorney will consider the types of damages you may seek, such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Determining Car and Bicycle Accident Liability
In many cases, the driver of the car is at fault when involved in an accident with a bicycle. Intersections tend to be the most common area where this type of accident may occur.
The motorist may be found at fault if he or she was negligent. For instance, turning into the path of a bike, or failing to yield to the bicyclist, are some of the careless actions that may cause a crash.
However, in some cases, these accidents may be the fault of the bicyclist. One of the most common situations in which the bicyclist may be at fault is when he or she fails to adhere to the rules of the road.
Such cases may include failing to stop for a stop sign or turning without properly signaling. Since bikes may be difficult for motorists to see, it is important that the rules of the road are obeyed at all times.
Some bicyclists may be surprised to learn that fault is placed on them for an accident that caused their injuries. However, they are expected to obey traffic laws just as much as motorists.
Generally, liability will depend on which party had the right of way. Stop signs or traffic lights may determine liability in some cases, while the right of way typically goes to whoever arrived at an intersection first, such as when at a four-way stop.
If a car and bicycle both arrive at the same time, the party on the right has the right of way. Of course, a number of other factors may play into determining liability.
Consulting with a Lakewood Accident Lawyer
The best thing you can do is to contact a lawyer familiar with handling both car and bicycle accident liability issues. The attorney’s expertise can help determine who was at fault for the accident and how this may be proven.
Don’t delay seeking legal counsel. Contact D.J. Banovitz at 303-300-5060 as soon as possible to get your case moving. You may also order our free injury guide, 7 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case, which may help prepare you.