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What Can Cause a Bicycle Accident?


  • Drivers can cause bicycle accidents through reckless driving behavior, such as drunk driving, speeding, and drowsy driving
  • Bicycle accidents commonly happen at intersections where drivers run red lights and strike cyclists crossing the street
  • Bicyclists can cause bike accidents themselves when they do not pay full attention to safe riding techniques
  • Bike parts can malfunction, cause a bicyclist to lose control of their bike, and cause a bike accident

Bicycle accidents can result from someone riding a bike crashing into a heavy object or motor vehicle. In most cases, these types of accidents result from the negligent behavior of a motor vehicle driver. They can engage in reckless behavior, such as distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving, and crash into a bicyclist.

However, bicyclists themselves can also make mistakes that can cause bike accidents. Those riding bikes must pay attention to where they’re going so they do not expose themselves to physical trauma. Bike accidents can also result from defective bicycle parts, such as tires, pedals, suspensions, and brakes, that can cause a bicyclist to lose control of their bike.

Bicycle Accidents Normally Occur Because of Driver Negligence

Bicycle accidents ordinarily occur because of driver negligence. Drivers of larger motor vehicles, such as cars, trucks, and buses, can make mistakes through reckless driving. This is when they fail to follow road rules or drive safely. While engaging in negligent driving, they can come into contact with bicyclists.

Motor vehicle drivers can drift onto sidewalks and strike a bicyclist, exposing them to severe physical trauma. They can also fail to pay attention in parking lots and hit someone walking to or from their car. Bicycle accidents due to driver mistakes can also happen through dooring, which is when someone opens their door in the path of a bicyclist.

The following are some reckless driving behaviors that can cause bike accidents:

How Can a Bicycle Accident Occur at an Intersection?

Drivers commonly cause bicycle accidents at intersections. These are locations where multiple lanes of traffic meet, with traffic control signals giving specific lanes the right-of-way. Red lights at intersections force lanes to stop, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to cross.

However, some drivers do not pay attention to this. They can run through red lights and crash into bicyclists riding through the crosswalk. A high-speed collision with a bicyclist can cause significant physical trauma, possibly leading to severe injuries like spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and back and neck injuries.

Can Bicyclists Make Mistakes That Can Cause Bicycle Accidents?

Bicyclists themselves can also cause bike accidents through negligent behavior. They can make similar mistakes to drivers that can cause them to lose control of their bikes and crash into a heavy object or motor vehicle.

One common negligent behavior that can cause a bicycle accident is distracted cycling. Someone who rides their bike while focused on listening to music or podcasts, a conversation they have on their phone, or something that doesn’t have anything to do with riding a bike can crash. They can suffer severe physical trauma that causes serious injuries.

This negligent behavior can also expose others to physical trauma. A bicyclist that drifts onto the street can cause a driver to make an evasive maneuver, possibly crashing into another car. A negligent bicyclist could be held liable for damages in a civil claim.

Bicycle Accidents Caused by Defective Bike Parts

Another common cause of bicycle accidents is defective bicycle parts. This can happen when a design flaw or manufacturing defect goes unnoticed by designers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of bicycles. They can send bicycles to market with dangerous defects that can cause parts to break or malfunction, leading to bicycle accidents.

Some bicycle parts that can malfunction and cause bicycle accidents include tires, pedals, forks and suspensions, and brakes. Defective bike parts can cause bicyclists to lose control of their bikes and crash into a heavy object or motor vehicle. Companies involved in manufacturing and selling bicycles can be liable in a product liability claim for damages caused by defective parts.

Contact The Russo Firm Today for Help With Your Bicycle Accident Claim

At The Russo Firm, our bicycle accident attorneys can help you pursue compensation for damages caused by a negligent party, such as medical bills, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life. We understand the pain and suffering caused by bicycle accident injuries and wish to help you recover financially.

Our bicycle accident attorneys can use their decades of experience to help you craft a legal counsel plan that takes into account the specifics of your case. We offer free consultations to show bike accident victims how we can help them recover fair compensatory damages. Contact us today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycle Accidents

Who Can Be Held Liable for Bicycle Accident Damages?

The liable party is the one whose negligence caused the bicycle accident. This is the party who purposefully or accidentally exposed you to blunt-force trauma through a bicycle accident that caused bike accident injuries. You can file a civil claim with this liable party to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

The following are some possible liable parties in a bicycle accident claim:

  • Motor vehicle driver
  • Another cyclist
  • Bike part manufacturer, designer, distributor, or seller
  • Motor vehicle driver employer
  • Road maintenance crews

Can a Bicyclist Pursue Compensation for Damages if They Were Partially Liable?

Sometimes, a bicyclist can share liability for causing a bicycle accident. It’s possible they didn’t do all they could to avoid a bicycle accident and committed negligent behavior to contribute to causing the bicycle accident.

In this case, the partially responsible bicyclist could still file a civil claim to pursue compensation for damages. Most states in the US operate under comparative fault, which means each party involved in a claim or lawsuit will have their blame assessed. Each party who contributed to the accident can be assigned a percentage of blame.

If the bicyclist shares less than 50% of the liability for causing the accident, they could file a civil claim to pursue compensation for damages. Their eventual settlement or court award will be reduced by how much they contributed to the accident. For example, if a judge finds them 35% liable, their court award will be 35% less than what it would have been.

How Can a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Help With a Civil Claim?

Following a bicycle accident, you could file a civil claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company to pursue compensation for damages. Hiring a lawyer with bicycle accident experience can help with the claim process, as they will have expertise they can use to help with the steps involved in pursuing compensatory damages.

They can help you assess the value of your bike accident claim, determine the liable party, gather evidence, explain state bike accident laws, and negotiate a settlement. Your best chance for recovering fair compensation for bicycle accident damages is with the help of an experienced bike accident attorney.

Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

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