Even though automobiles, trucks and buses are much larger and provide much greater protection to driver and passengers than a bicycle, there are still times when a bicyclist can be held liable in a car-bike traffic accident. In general, drivers are held to a higher standard of care when driving around bicycles, but if a bicyclist is negligent, he/she may be assigned part of the fault for the accident. If you have been in a car accident involving a bicycle, it is wise to consult with a Kansas City, Missouri bicycle accident lawyer to see how your rights can be protected.
When a Cyclist is Negligent
As long as a cyclist is not a tender age child, or child under the age of five, he or she can be found negligent if there is failure to obey the rules of the road. For example, abrupt turns like suddenly pulling out in front of a car or turning without giving any signal, may bring fault to the cyclist if this causes an accident. Failing to yield, riding against the direction of traffic or not stopping at a stop sign are all cycling behaviors that may be considered negligent.
In many states, including the state of Missouri, there is a comparative negligence rule that applies to accidents in which the person who is found to be more than fifty percent at fault for the accident will not be eligible for any damages or compensation. This rule also applies to cyclists. A bicyclist may even have to pay damages to a driver of a car if his actions are shown to be very negligent.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been in a car accident involving a bicycle, call to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City, Missouri bicycle accident lawyer today. The skilled legal experts at the PK Law Group will investigate your case to determine whose negligence contributed to the accident so that your rights can be defended. Visit our web page at pklawgroup.com or give us a call at (816) 929-8777 and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. We serve Kansas City, Missouri and surrounding areas and we look forward to serving you.