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Cyclists can pursue legal action for their accident

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

Cycling has become a popular means of transportation for many college students because of its convenience. However, using this eco-friendly transportation comes with risks, especially on roads shared with motor vehicles.

In Tennessee, cyclists have equal road rights as motor vehicle drivers. Cyclists and drivers must share the road following traffic regulations, including adherence to designated bike lanes, traffic signs and signals. Along with rights come responsibilities. Cyclists are responsible for signaling their turn, yielding to pedestrians and using proper bike equipment such as lights, reflectors, helmets and child seats.

Common car-bike accident injuries

When accidents happen, cyclists often suffer more severe damage even if they respect traffic rules and ride their bikes responsibly. Some of the most common injuries from bicycle accidents are:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Bone fractures
  • Spinal injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Death

Cyclists are more prone to severe injuries because they have little protection on the roads. This is why motorists are responsible for yielding to cyclists and pedestrians.

Options available for cyclists

Cyclists involved in road accidents have the right to get compensation, especially when a negligent motor vehicle driver is at fault. They can receive compensation for their medical expenses, bicycle damage, emotional distress, lost wages, rehabilitation and long-term costs of severe injuries. Bicycle riders could settle their case outside of court. But if this fails, they can pursue legal action following these steps:

  • Filing a lawsuit: Cyclists can consult a personal injury lawyer experienced in bicycle accidents to advocate for their case.
  • Gathering evidence: Bicycle riders can prove the negligence of the at-fault driver through proper evidence, such as photos, videos, witness reports, police reports and medical records.
  • Negotiating a settlement: The court will determine the appropriate compensation based on the case. This could be paid through the at-fault driver’s insurance or personal assets.

Bicycle riders must know and understand their rights on the road. In the event of a bicycle accident, cyclists have the right to seek legal guidance and receive the compensation they deserve.

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