Greensboro Bicycle Accident Attorneys
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Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this means that they are also at risk of being involved in collisions with motor vehicles. If you were hit by a vehicle while riding your bike, you can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages.
At Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P., we believe that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Our Greensboro bicycle accident lawyers take great pride in our ability to fight for the rights of our clients, and we will do everything we can to secure a favorable outcome.
Bicycle Laws in North Carolina
Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as the flow of traffic. Bicycles are considered vehicles and should obey all traffic laws.
When available, bicyclists should use designated bike lanes or bike paths. However, they are not required to use bike lanes if present.
Bicyclists must use hand signals to indicate turns or stops. Left turns are indicated by extending the left arm straight out, right turns by extending the right arm straight out, and slowing or stopping by extending the left arm downward.
Bicycles must be equipped with a front lamp visible from at least 300 feet and a red rear reflector visible from at least 200 feet when riding at night.
While there is no statewide helmet law for bicyclists, some municipalities might have their own regulations. Wearing a helmet is highly recommended for safety regardless of local requirements.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
A bicycle accident is an incident that involves a collision or a fall while riding a bicycle. Motor vehicles are significantly larger and heavier than bicycles, and they can travel at much higher speeds. In a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the cyclist is at a severe disadvantage, often sustaining more significant injuries due to the impact forces involved.
Common causes of bicycle accidents involving vehicles include:
- Motorist's Failure to Yield: Drivers may not give cyclists the right of way at intersections, crosswalks, or when merging, leading to collisions.
- Distracted Driving: Motorists using their phones or being distracted by other factors may not notice a cyclist on the road, increasing the risk of a collision.
- Dooring: When a parked car's door is opened without checking for oncoming cyclists, it can result in a sudden and dangerous collision.
- Unsafe Overtaking: Some motorists may attempt to pass a cyclist without leaving enough space, leading to sideswiping or forcing the cyclist off the road.
- Intersection Collisions: Accidents can happen at intersections when a motorist fails to stop at a red light or stop sign and hits a cyclist crossing the road.
- Right-Turn Accidents: A common scenario is when a motorist makes a right turn at an intersection or driveway without noticing an approaching cyclist from behind or beside.
- Left-Turn Accidents: When a vehicle makes a left turn across the path of an oncoming cyclist, a collision may occur.
- Speeding: Vehicles traveling at excessive speeds may have reduced reaction times and are more likely to cause severe injuries to cyclists in case of a collision.
- Drunk or Impaired Driving: Intoxicated drivers are a significant risk to cyclists on the road due to their reduced ability to react and maintain control.
- Road Conditions: Poorly maintained roads, potholes, or debris can pose hazards to cyclists, especially when they need to share the road with vehicles.
- Lack of Visibility: Inadequate lighting, especially during nighttime or low-light conditions, can lead to accidents if drivers don't see cyclists on the road.
Cyclists have minimal protection in the event of a collision. Unlike motorists who are enclosed within a metal frame, airbags, and seatbelts, cyclists are exposed and vulnerable to direct impact with the vehicle or the road surface. The lack of protection means that cyclists are more likely to suffer severe injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, spinal injuries, internal organ damage, and road rash. Even at moderate speeds, a collision can cause life-altering injuries or fatalities.
How a Greensboro Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P., is dedicated to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, our firm can help you.
We can help you understand your legal rights and can help you fight to recover compensation for your injuries and related losses. We can also help you fight to hold the party at fault accountable.
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