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Can Bicyclists Ever Be Held Responsible for A Traffic Accident?

by | Sep 24, 2021 | News

Yes, since bicyclists follow the same rules and laws as other motorists. Bicyclists are usually not eager to see other motorists on the streets and highways, even in big cities and metros.

Bicyclists may be different, but…

Okay, so bicyclists may be different but they still follow the same motor laws and rules that people who drive cars do. Bicycles are smaller and more flexible. That said, they don’t have the strength as cars do. Maybe this is why they don’t do as much damage when they’re involved in motor accidents.

Bicyclists who violate any traffic rules and laws can be held to the same degree of liability as any other motorist. This means that they will have to pay for any property damage or bodily injuries that they may have caused.

Negligence and shared fault

The same concept of negligence that applies to those who drive cars applies to those who ride bikes! Bicyclists owe the same duty of care to other pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers as motorists do. Therefore, bicyclists who don’t ride with a duty of care are responsible for negligence if someone else is hurt or if another person’s property is damaged!

Thus, if a bicyclist causes a traffic accident by running a red light or making a left turn on red, he or she can be held 100% liable. Florida uses the concept of negligence to determine if the bicyclist shares any of the faults in accidents that involve bicycles. They also follow shared fault rules. These rules will tell the legal professionals in these states who was at fault for the accident and how personal injury damages should be assessed.

Contributory negligence

Contributory negligence states that any person who was even 1% at fault in a traffic accident can’t recover any damages for personal injury or property damage. This is a very harsh and extreme rule so few states follow it.

Comparative negligence

Most states follow some variation of comparative negligence. States that follow pure comparative negligence allow each party involved to recover the portion of damages that they were not at fault for. For example, a bicyclist who was 1% responsible can recover 99% of the damages. States using modified comparative negligence allow people to recover damages only if their share of the fault was less than 50%.

Preventing the accident

Bicyclists are riding smaller and lighter vehicles. Therefore, it’s important to follow all traffic rules and laws at all times. They should also be sober and wearing helmets when riding bikes.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Graves Thomas Rotunda Injury Law Group today. Our legal team will evaluate your case and help you get the right legal representation so call on (772) 569-8155.

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