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What are my rights as a bicycle accident victim?

Riding a bicycle is a pleasure that many Kentucky residents enjoy. While some take to their bikes for their daily commutes, others save cycling for their leisure and exercise time. Being out on the road and experiencing nature can be a thrill for those who love this two-wheeled mode of transportation, but, unfortunately, when bicycles and vehicles come into contact, damaging collisions can result.

Negligence is often the reason that bikes and cars collide. While either a bicyclist or a driver could be negligent in their operation of their vehicle, it is often the case that a vehicle driver fails to see or yield to a bicyclist and that action causes the dangerous crash. Drivers owe a duty of care to all individuals that they encounter when behind the wheels of their cars, and this duty extends to the men, women and children who ride bikes on Danville roads.

A bicycle-riding victim of a collision can suffer serious and even life-threatening harm as a result of their injuries. Aside from the potential damage their bike may sustain, they could suffer from broken bones, organ damage, bleeding and bruising, spinal and brain trauma and other forms of injury. Recovering from an auto-bicycle accident can be a long and expensive process that may require a victim to seek support if they cannot manage on their own.

As with other forms of personal injury accidents, bike accidents can often form the basis of civil lawsuits. Through the proper pleading of the elements of negligence and damages, a victim may be able to recover the losses they sustained from their damaged property, physical injuries and mental pain and suffering.

Source: FindLaw, "Bicycle Accidents," accessed Jan. 9, 2018

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