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Crash Report: Who is liable when cars and bikes collide?

Many Americans choose to cycle as their form of exercise. This means they must use the road, typically reserved for cars, to carryout their activity. In suburbs and cities alike, the amount of people on bikes is astounding. Beyond cycling for health, many depend upon their bicycle as their only method of transportation. In cities and on college campuses alike you'd be hard pressed to drive down the street without having to watch out for a cyclist over in the bike lane. Oh, the bike lane. Some cities don't even have designated areas for cyclists to safely operate their bikes. Therefore, accidents involving cars and bikes are increasingly common. But what happens when the two different transportation methods collide? Who is liable? Before you hit the road tomorrow you should know the protocol for this all-too-common crash. Apparently the hotspot for bike/car collisions is an intersection. The chaos of the convergence and crossing of multiple roads most likely explains this fact. If a cyclist fails to follow the rules of the road and operate their bike responsibly, legally and safely then they may be found at fault. Just because they're smaller does not excuse their hand in the matter. Likewise, if a vehicular driver does not follow road rules and makes illegal or dangerous moods, then they will of course be the liable party. More often than not, the cyclist may be blamed because they are expected to look out for themselves on the road. But since laws are changing and generating based on the increase of cyclists, this tendency may change soon. If you are a bicyclist and find yourself in an accident with a car and you are not at fault then the driver's insurance is probably the best place to make your injury claim. You may also go through your own automobile insurance and make a third party claim and retrieve some support through that avenue. No matter what is important to remain incredibly aware of the road whether you are driving a car or riding a bike. As always, if you find yourself in need of legal support and direction, contact Rhett Hoestenbach to get the care you deserve.

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