Bicycle accidents can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
Lawsuits to recover damages for injuries in bicycle accidents with automobiles involve many of the same issues as any auto accident lawsuit. Liability for bike accident injuries often comes down to negligence — whether the car driver’s negligence caused the cyclist’s injuries, and whether any negligence by the cyclist caused or contributed to the accident.
The majority of bicycle accidents resulting in casualties are adults, with approximately 11% being children..
In 2013, 743 people lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. This is the highest number of fatalities since 2006, when 772 were killed, and a major increase from from the 682 bicyclist fatalities reported in 2011.
Accidents involving automobiles and bicycles can involve serious injuries and large liabilities. Bicycle accident lawsuits often come down to whether the driver or the cyclist negligently caused or contributed to the accident. This negligence determination can be a complex and require in-depth analysis. If you or a loved one has been in a bike accident, you should consult with an attorney to best protect your rights.