Bicycle accidents are often highly traumatic and due to their exposure, lack of safety features like airbags and safety belts and relative limited protective gear, cyclists are particularly vulnerable in collisions.

To add to the danger on the roads out there motorists are often hostile towards cyclists and in many cases not aware of traffic laws allowing them to cycle on public roads. There have also been many reported instances of cyclists being injured in accidents caused by road rage or a general lack of knowledge about the rights of cyclists on the part of motorists. As a result bicycle accidents often lead to serious injury or death.

If you are involved in an accident you might have a claim against the motorist, if he or she has been negligent. It is therefore imperative that you document carefully what happened and the nature and degree of the injuries that you have sustained. Most states require that you report the accident immediately. Keep all the police reports and also ensure that you keep a record of the name and contact details of any witnesses.

Generally speaking it is expected that bicyclists obey traffic laws and protect themselves by taking reasonable measure like wearing a helmet.  It is proven fact that bicycle helmets dramatically lessen the risk of serious face, head and brain injuries in accidents.

If you do not keep to the rules of the road a court might rule that you have contributed to your own damages. It is therefore important to make sure that you understand and apply all the traffic laws applicable to cyclists in your area. If you have been found to have contributed to an accident, this will mean that the eventual amount of damages owing to you might be reduced by a court to take your own negligence into account.

As the law surrounding the apportionment of blame can get quite tricky, it is always a sound idea to consult an attorney if you have been involved in a bicycle accident. Your attorney will also know which expert witnesses might be needed to testify on your behalf.

If you were injured or suffered damage to your bicycle, you can claim for your medical expenses, both shortly after the accident and any future expenses like ongoing physiotherapy, any loss of income and for pain and suffering. If you suffered a highly traumatic injury, you will, under some circumstances, also be able to claim for future pain and suffering. If you have lost someone in a bicycle accident through the negligence of a motorist, you may be entitled to claim for both the personal and economic losses associated with the accident. In law this is called a wrongful death action.

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