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Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Over 10% of traffic deaths involve pedestrians or bicyclists that were struck by cars or other motor vehicles. Many of these victims sustain life-altering injuries.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

While pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists are sometimes at fault for failing to use crosswalks and marked lanes, more frequently bicycle and pedestrian accidents are the result of driver negligence.

  • Driver failure to see pedestrians in a crosswalk while turning left or right.
  • Driver runs a red light or misses a stop sign.
  • Driver is moving too quickly and can’t stop or slow down in time.
  • Driver fails to use headlights at dawn or dusk.
  • Driver opens car doors into the path of a bike without looking.

Frequently, regardless of fault, injured parties have a right to compensation through no-fault benefits. If the driver of the vehicle maintained full car insurance coverage, compensation is available for wage loss and medical expenses up to the policy limit.

If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident—where there is insufficient knowledge of the driver to file an accident injury claim—you can fortunately use the uninsured motorist protection in your auto policy to cover your injuries.

Situations like this and many others require the expertise of an attorney experienced in personal injury. If you have been injured and need guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us for your free consultation.

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