Avid bicyclist and Northglenn personal injury attorney, D.J. Banovitz knows that a bicycle accident can lead to severe, disabling, or life-threatening injuries. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless driving, you may be eligible to file a claim against him or her. We can also help with other aspects of what can be a complicated claims process.
Just as a driver behind the wheel of a car has rights, so does the driver on a bicycle. Despite bicyclists having some of the same rights to the road as any other driver, such rights are often violated.
There may be exceptions to these rights, such as regulations as to where a bicyclists may ride, which will depend on the state and city in which you live. For instance, there may be a clearly-marked designated bike path.
One of the rights that some motorists don’t understand is the bicyclist’s rights to be on the road. In most areas it is not only illegal to ride on the sidewalk, but it can be very dangerous to them and others.
Because they have the same rights to the road, they should be treated the same way a motorist would treat another vehicle. This means not cutting in front of them, failing to yield, or otherwise acting in a manner that is not only against the law, but dangerous.
Damages in a Bicycle Accident Claim
If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident and it was caused by someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. You could be eligible to recover damages related to your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, future medical treatment, and more.
Consulting with a Northglenn Personal Injury Attorney
Unfortunately, too many drivers treat bicyclists with less respect than they deserve. As a result, it could cause an accident and serious consequences. Whether the driver violated traffic laws, was distracted while driving, or otherwise acted in a manner that led to your accident, they may be liable.
For help understanding your legal rights, contact a personal injury attorney at D.J. Banovitz, L.L.C. In addition, make sure you download a copy of our free book, “7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case.”
Our law firm serves residents in the greater Denver-Aurora Metro area, along with other locations throughout Colorado. Call today for a free initial consultation – 303-300-5060.