When you suffer injuries in a bicycle accident, you want to ensure you seek compensation from the responsible party. However, when filing a claim, proving causation is vital. Knowing some of the common causes of bicycle accidents can give you the knowledge you need to build your claim.
Below, we’ll provide you a look at some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents.
In 30 percent of bicycle accidents, the cause is being hit by a vehicle. More often than not, the drivers in these accidents are negligent and can be held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, drivers who are drunk, distracted, speeding, tired, or otherwise reckless can cause bicyclists to suffer some of the most severe injuries.
Roadway Defects and Dangers
Specific agencies are responsible for maintaining the roads and sidewalks. Sometimes, though, they fail in their maintenance, and bicyclists may suffer crashes because of defects or design errors on the road. For instance, if there is a pothole or lifted concrete that causes a bicyclist to crash and suffer severe injuries, negligence may fall on the responsible company or agency.
Property Owner Negligence
If a bicycle accident occurs on a business’ private property, or a property owner’s dog gets out and causes a crash, it can impact liability. The property owner may be liable for any injuries that the bicyclist sustains as a result.
Working with a lawyer is one of the more effective ways to determine liability.
At Walner Law®, we prioritize your compensation. We look at your best interests and determine what options suit your needs. You can trust our Chicago bicycle accident lawyers to protect your rights against negligent individuals and insurance companies who try to bully the injured. Let us be your voice, and we will pursue the compensation you deserve.