Bicycles share most of the same responsibilities and limitations as automobiles, and some Utah laws give bikers added protection while out sharing the road with other motor vehicles. However, many drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with bikers. Frequently, bicycle accidents occur right inside the bike lane, at crosswalks, and at the blind spots of other vehicles.
Even when a bicyclist is wearing a helmet and other protective gear, injuries can be severe and permanent. In fact, Utah has one of the highest bicycle fatality rates in the country, and most of these fatalities occur because of severe head injuries.
Typical Law Governing Bike Accident Cases
Negligence. When a person has been in a bike accident, usually it’s because of some kind of collision with a motor vehicle. If the biker decides to sue for his or her injuries, the lawsuit will typically be based on negligence law. In a negligence lawsuit, you must prove that the driver failed to use reasonable care under the circumstances, and as a result you suffered injuries.
Product Liability. Sometimes bike accidents occur because of faulty tires, inadequate assembly, or parts that fail to perform as the rider would reasonably expect them to. In this case, you will need to show that the manufacturer, designer, tester, distributor, or inspector failed to perform their duties as they should have, and as a result you were injured.
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Your Own Car Insurance May Cover Your Injuries
If a bicyclist has been injured in an accident, their own car insurance may cover their injuries. A review of your policy or a phone call to your agent can help you determine your policy’s limitations.
Important Utah Bike Laws
Whether or not you were in compliance with Utah laws at the time of your bicycle accident will certainly be an issue in your lawsuit. For example, Utah law requires that (1) you ride with the flow of traffic (same direction), not against it; (2) when you’re moving slower than traffic, you must be as close to the right hand side of the road as is reasonably possible; and (3) You must follow traffic control devices that direct you to ride in a certain place (e.g. in a bicycle lane, or on a pathway alongside the road).
Call Red Law For A Consultation
Our office welcomes new clients and will always provide you with a friendly and professional attorney that will be happy to discuss your case with you. If you’d like to discuss your bike accident and a potential lawsuit with a Red Law attorney, please call us at 801-4770-RED or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In a consultation with a Red Law attorney, your attorney will provide you with a professional opinion of your case, how Red Law can help you, and a rough time frame for your potential lawsuit.