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A bicycle collision does not have to stop you in your tracks

You enjoy bicycling when the weather is nice out. Unfortunately, though, if you happen to be pedaling in the vicinity of a careless motor vehicle driver, you might end up becoming involved in a car crash.

Your car collision may sadly result in serious, even fatal, injuries. However, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your injuries in such a situation in California.

The responsibility that car drivers have

The drivers of motor vehicles have an obligation to abide by the traffic rules. They must exercise a reasonable degree of care with regard to their safety and other people's safety on the road. These other people, of course, include bicyclists.

The unfortunate reality, though, is that not all drivers take the abovementioned obligations seriously. For instance, perhaps the motor vehicle driver who hit your bicycle and injured you ran a stop sign. Alternatively, maybe he or she was speeding when the bike collision occurred, or the driver might have inadvertently drifted into the bike lane in which you were riding. All of these behaviors are examples of negligence or even recklessness if the other party committed the actions while realizing that he or she was disregarding your wellbeing.

Your responsibility as a bicyclist

Just like car drivers, you as a bicyclist must follow the road rules as well as exercise care when you are on the road. If you fail to do this, you are practicing negligent driving. Examples of negligent bicyclist behavior include turning into traffic abruptly, driving on a one-way street the wrong way or failing to come to a halt at a stop sign.

If you suffer injuries in a bicycle crash and police determine that both your behavior and the other driver's behavior was negligent, you could still seek damages for your injuries. However, according to the comparative negligence principle, your final compensation amount will reflect your degree of fault in the accident, so you will not receive the full amount of financial compensation you would have received had you not contributed to your collision.

How monetary compensation can help

Whether you receive full compensation or partial compensation, your damage award might help you with covering your health care expenses or even lost wages following your bike collision. Damages might additionally help with addressing emotional distress and pain and suffering resulting from the accident. An attorney can help you to pursue the maximum amount of damages possible, given the facts of your accident case.

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