August 26th, 2016
Many people simply assume that motorists are almost invariably at fault in accidents involving cars and bicyclists. After all, in these kinds of accidents, the person on the bike is usually much more seriously injured than the driver of the car, and bicycle enthusiasts are very vocal about the need for motorists to “share the road” with pedal-powered vehicles.
In reality, however, both bicyclists and motorists can be at fault in accidents. In determining fault, the law looks to whether either party’s negligence1 caused the accident. Negligence, in this context, refers to a party’s failure to conduct himself … Read More Posted In: Bicycle Accidents
April 14th, 2016
Michigan Bicycle Laws
There are many different Michigan laws that are applicable to bicycles and bicyclists including:
Section 257.4 of the statute defines “bicycle” as:
“…a device propelled by human power upon which a person may ride, having either 2 or 3 wheels in a tandem or tricycle arrangement, all of which are over 14 inches in diameter.”
Section 257.657 of the MVC states:
“Each person riding a bicycle…upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations … Read More Posted In: Bicycle Accidents
October 13th, 2015
Anytime you ride a bicycle along a roadway, you are at risk of a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),1 an estimated 48,000 bicyclists sustain injuries in motor vehicle collisions on an annual basis. Additionally, more bicyclists sustain injuries in accidents caused by road defects, malfunctioning bicycles, and other hazards.
Because bicyclists have no seat belts or other restraints, they generally fall off their bikes in the event of a collision. Anytime anyone falls, there is a significant chance that they will hit their heads on the ground or on another object. When direct trauma … Read More Posted In: Bicycle Accidents
June 25th, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 bicycle accidents resulting in an estimated 515,000 emergency department visits in 2010. When bicyclists are struck by other vehicles or thrown from their bikes because of hazards in the roadway, they often sustain extremely serious injuries. In cases where a bicycle accident is the result of someone else’s carelessness, victims are often entitled to financial recovery.
Many people are justifiably curious as to how much money they can expect to receive after an accident occurs. The amount of money you collect depends on a number of factors. Generally speaking, … Read More Posted In: Bicycle Accidents
May 5th, 2015
Bicycle accidents can occur in many different ways. Collisions can happen in intersections, in moving traffic, in stopped traffic, and more. One common type of bicycle accident that can cause severe injuries is often referred to as “dooring.” This type of accident happens when a motorist suddenly opens a car door without watching and a bicyclist cannot stop before crashing into the car door. This type of collision can often lead to catastrophic and possibly permanent injuries for cyclists and may require extensive medical attention.
Bicyclists are expected to ride as far on the right of a road to avoid … Read More Posted In: Bicycle Accidents