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Contributing Factors In Bicycle Accidents

If you have been in a recent bicycle accident, you may be able to recover a large amount of  compensation that can cover most or all of your accident-related expenses. There are many things that you can do in order to avoid a bicycle accident, but unfortunately accidents can still happen no matter how hard you try to avoid them. Even if you ride defensively and obey all traffic laws, other people may choose to be reckless. As a lawyer can explain, here are some of the following contributing factors found in many bicycle accident cases.

Weather

When the weather is poor, it can make it challenging to see your surroundings and navigate the roads. When you are on a bicycle, you must take extra caution because other vehicles or motorists may be driving too fast, and it can make it difficult to avoid a collision. Extreme weather where there is rain, snow or strong winds can increase the chances of a bicycle accident occurring. Cyclists do not have much protection because they only have clothing, lights, and a helmet to keep them safe in case of an accident.

Speed

When drivers are disregarding speeding signs, it can lead to a serious bicycle accident. Excessive speed accounts for a large portion of bicycle accidents. Sometimes drivers become impatient around other cyclists because they are not able to travel as fast as them, such as when a driver is behind a cyclist. Drivers who are speeding can strike a cyclist because they lose control of their vehicle. According to a bicycle accident lawyer like one from Hall-Justice, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your injuries and losses from your bicycle accident.

Reckless Driving 

If you have been in a sudden bicycle accident and were hurt because of a reckless driver, you may be eligible to recover compensation. Many bicycle accidents involve reckless driving, which refers to any kind of driving that involves a driver who is driving in a manner that involves wanton disregard for the safety of another person. A bicycle accident lawyer can help you recover the damages that you are eligible to obtain, and they can help you maximize your compensation amount.

Alcohol

Sadly, thousands of drunk driving accidents result in cyclists suffering severe injuries. When people consume alcohol and attempt to drive on the road, the consequences are often disastrous. Cyclists are the victims of many drunk driving cases, and they often suffer injuries such as head injuries, leg injuries, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. If you have been injured due to a drunk driver’s actions, find out if you are able to file a valid personal injury claim with the guidance of a qualified lawyer.

Don’t wait to contact a lawyer if you would like to know if you can file a personal injury claim following a bicycle accident. Request a confidential consultation with a qualified lawyer in your area now for affordable and quality legal assistance.

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