Accidents involving bicycles, especially when automobiles also are involved, can result in serious injuries and death. Sometimes bicyclists are to blame, but motorists should take extra precautions because bicyclists are much less protected. As with other types of accidents, liability for bicycle accidents is based on negligence. Determining fault in negligence cases such as bicycle accidents can often be difficult, but the articles below should help. This subsection includes an overview of liability basics, tips and suggestions for how to stay safe on the roads, an in-depth piece about accident liability for child bicyclists, and other resources pertaining to bicycle accidents and the law.
- Bicycle Accidents Overview
When a car collides with a bicycle, the injuries to the cyclist are often severe. This section provides an overview of bicycle accident liability, including driver negligence and contributory negligence on the part of the cyclist.
- Child Bicycle Accident Liability
Drivers are required to exercise an increased level of care when operating a vehicle around child cyclists. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This section covers drivers’ duty of care around children, contributory negligence on the child’s part, and more.
- NHTSA's Safe Riding Tips
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guide to staying safe while bicycle riding. You’ll find a number of bicycle safety tips, including how to find a properly fitting helmet, how to adjust your bicycle to fit, and how to safely share the road with motorists.