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What Are the Rights of Bicyclists Injured on City Streets?
Bicycle accidents are commonly caused by drivers who don’t pay close enough attention to the smaller vehicles that they share the road with. In addition to a driver’s negligence, bike accidents can also be caused by hazardous roads and streets. A bike accident can result in serious injuries that can affect the injured party for the rest of their life. States, counties, cities, and other public agencies have a responsibility to maintain safe roadways. If you can prove that these entities were liable for your bicycle accident, you can sue. In this blog, we explain the rights of bicyclists who have been injured on city streets.
Bicycle Accidents Caused by Potholes
Potholes are usually the result of poor temporary road fixes that sink or crack not long after they have been completed. They are also caused by long-term wear and tear that creates surface breaks. If there are sufficient warnings that indicate the danger or presence of a pothole, you likely won’t be able to sue for your injuries. However, if the pothole lacks visible warning, and has been there for a significant amount of time, you might be able to sue a public agency for injury damages.
Bicycle Accidents Caused by Sewer Grates
Bike tires can sometimes get stuck between sewer grate bars when riding in the same direction as traffic. Because of this, many cities have altered the shape and direction of sewer grates. Some have even partially covered them with crosshatch safety bars. However, dangerous sewer grates still exist on roadways throughout the country. If a bicyclist is in an accident caused by a sewer grate that could have been easily or inexpensively remedied, they might have grounds for a lawsuit.