Posted on May 31, 2010 in Personal Injury
If you have ridden a bicycle you know that it is dangerous to be out on the roads that are shared by cars, as many automobiles don’t watch out for bikes and don’t give them the room that they need. Bicycling in groups can be even more dangerous and if you have been involved in a bicycle accident where the driver of the car was negligent, then you should contact a bicycle accident lawyer right away. You may have suffered serious injury at the hands of a driver who wasn’t paying attention and a personal injury lawyer may be able to get compensation for this tragic event for you.
The number one hazard that bicyclists that are riding in groups face is other riders. If the rider in front of you stops suddenly and you cannot swerve out of the way or stop you may entangle yourself in other bicyclists. However, even if you can swerve out of the way you may end up with yourself in traffic and being hit by a car. This is where the dangers come in, because other cars may not be paying close attention to the group of bicyclists and may come alongside too quickly. If the car is not paying attention, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you collect money for the accident.
Many times cars will do things that are dangerous to a group of bicyclists, and this is where a lawyer is vital. A car may, for instance, pull up alongside a group of cyclists and begin honking their horn, distracting the riders from their primary goal of staying safe at the shoulder of the road and keeping from getting tangled up. They may also try to match speed with the cyclists or swerve back and forth. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you collect compensation if a car acted improperly while passing bicycles and caused an accident.
Another commonplace event when a car is passing a group of bicyclists that are taking up the lane is to swerve around them at high speeds and travel in the opposite lane. This can be dangerous for a few reasons and is another potential factor for your lawyer to look at when reconstructing the accident. For instance, the car may collide with a car that was in the correct lane or have to swerve quickly back into their own lane, crushing bicyclists that were leading the group. Your lawyer should be able to tell you if the car passing in the other lane was negligent, causing your accident, or if they were acting within the law.
If you would like a more complete understanding of your legal rights, please don’t hesitate to have a free, confidential initial consultation with the hard-working legal professionals at LedgerLaw.
You may have suffered serious injury at the hands of a driver who wasn’t paying attention and a personal injury lawyer may be able to get compensation for this tragic event for you.