Bikes are an eco-friendly, healthy alternative to driving a car to and from work or school. Unfortunately, there are downsides. Most notably, bike accidents. Whether you are riding for fun, for health reasons, or to get to and from work or school, there are risks – and the main risk is people driving vehicles. It is often the case that bike accidents are the result of a driver acting recklessly or negligently.
If you have been injured in a bike accident and it was the fault of the driver, you may have a claim to financial compensation beyond your medical bills. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre we want everyone who has been injured to understand what their options are. Contact us at 800-572-1252 to get a free legal consultation.
Proving Blame in a Bike Accident
It can seem difficult to prove who was at fault for your bike accident but an experienced personal injury attorney can help. We will need to prove two things. First, that the injuries you sustained were the result of an accident. Second, that the accident occurred due to another person acting negligently or recklessly.
Drivers have obligations to drive safely, practice caution, and to share the road with bikes. Bike riders have the obligation to follow the rules of the road. In many cases, bike riders who are involved in accidents assume that the accident was their own fault.
The fact is that even if the accident was partially your fault, if it was partially the other party’s fault then they are legally responsible for that percentage of fault. For example, if your injuries and damages cost $100,000, and the driver is found to be 60% at fault, then you would be entitled to $60,000. Whether the driver was driving while drunk, speeding, did not yield drove too close to you, ran through an intersection, or otherwise broke the law, you should hold them accountable.
It’s About More Than Your Accident
Dangerous drivers are more than a nuisance – they are a danger to everyone on the road. You have a right to be safe when you’re biking. Pedestrians have a right to be safe when crossing the street. Drivers have a right to be safe. One of the best ways we can ensure that we, as a society, stay safe is to hold drivers accountable when they are not driving safely.
If you are not sure if you have grounds for a case then we welcome your call to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252. We will start with a confidential, no-cost, no-pressure consultation. Just tell us what happened and we can tell you what your options are.