Common Bicycle Accident Questions
Can I Be at Fault if I’m in an Accident Riding a Bicycle?
Yes, you can be at fault for a bicycle accident. When riding your bicycle on the street, the law regards you to have the same rights and responsibilities as someone who is in control of a vehicle.
As a cyclist using the road, you must keep right, yield to pedestrians, and follow the flow of the traffic. If you violate any law on road safety or negligently ride your bicycle, you may be liable for an accident that resulted from the negligence.
What Should I Do if I am in a Bicycle Accident?
If you were in a bicycle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention, even if you feel fine. Serious issues can present themselves a few days or weeks after the accident. Call an ambulance or ask a bystander to call one if you are unable to do so.
When medical help is on the way, call the police and ask the other party who was involved in the accident for their details and insurance information. You should also ask any witnesses for their contact details.
Take photographs of the scene, other vehicles involved, and any visible injuries you may have. If there is damage to your clothes or your bicycle, keep them as evidence.
Who Do I Receive Compensation From?
If the accident was the result of another party’s negligence, it might be possible to recover damages from them. Individuals or entities you may receive compensation from include:
• Drivers of motor vehicles, such as a car or truck, provided that their negligence resulted in the accident
• A negligent manufacturer or repairer of a vehicle or bicycle component provided that a component defect caused the accident
• The government body responsible for road maintenance, if a road hazard, such as a pothole caused the accident
• A private property owner, if their negligence in their capacity as the property owner, caused the accident—for example, if a tree standing on the property fell on the road, and the property owner failed to remove it to ensure safe road conditions
I was in an Accident but Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet. Can I Still Seek Damages?
Wearing a bicycle helmet is the most effective way to prevent a head injury when you are involved in a bicycle accident. Despite the safety advantages of a helmet, there are no federal laws that require the use of a helmet. There are also no local or state laws that require the use of headgear in Colorado.
Because you can legally ride a bicycle without a helmet, it is not a requirement for seeking damages.
How Much Space Does a Car Have to Give Me When Passing?
When a motorist passes you in a car, they have to give you at least three feet of space to their right. Protruding components, such as mirrors, should also be at least three feet from you, and the vehicle may not move back to the right if it is not entirely clear of you.
Contact Bell & Pollock P.C.
Bell & Pollock P.C. is a leading injury and accident law firm in Denver, Colorado, with an excellent track record. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, we can help you file a successful claim for damages. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.