Unfortunately, most accidents involving bicycles and other vehicles come down to one thing – negligence. Whether the driver was not paying attention at an intersection, or was distracted while behind the wheel, negligent behavior can lead to particularly devastating consequences in bike-related accidents.
And while there is no sure-fire way to avoid this type of accident completely – a bike accident may occur at virtually any time – there are a few causes of these types of incidents that are consistent with personal injury cases. These include collisions at stop signs, which represent nearly 10 percent of all intersection accidents, and those dealing with right-of-way, which account for slightly more than nine percent of all intersection accidents.
Additionally, cars making irresponsible left-hand turns and striking bicycle riders continue to be common circumstances across personal injury lawsuits. In most cases like this, including those where the driver fails to notice the cyclist, or misjudges their speed approaching the intersection, the driver will be held liable.
It’s important to remember that these types of cases often boil down to the issue of liability, which can be particularly difficult to argue in cases involving right-of-way violations, or the blatant disregard for traffic laws.