You may be able to recover damages after a bicycle accident even if the motorist didn’t hit you. There does not have to be physical contact between the bicyclist and the motor vehicle for the driver to be held liable.
There are several situations in which a bicyclist may need to take evasive action to avoid a collision with a car, truck or other motor vehicle, and as a result, the cyclist could still fall or crash and suffer injuries. In such instances, the driver could be held accountable if their negligence caused the bicyclist to take evasive action and crash.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries after taking evasive action to avoid a bicycle crash, you might be able to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for:
- medical bills;
- lost wages;
- lost earning capacity;
- pain and suffering;
- disfigurement; and/or
- emotional distress.
Bicyclists might be forced to take evasive action when a driver does any of the following:
- runs red lights;
- drives recklessly;
- drives while drunk; and/or
- drives while distracted.
Because there can be many details involved in a bicycle accident, it would be beneficial for you to seek the experience of an attorney who handles bicycle accident cases as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.