Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles offer an environmentally friendly and healthy mode of transportation. Unfortunately, they also involve a risk of injury due to negligent motorists, defective equipment, or poor road conditions.

Michigan recognizes the importance of road safety for everyone on the road, including bicyclists. The state has implemented bicycle-friendly infrastructure, such as dedicated bike lanes, bike boxes, and more. Michigan’s Department of Transportation also regularly conducts educational campaigns to raise awareness about bicycle safety and encourage everyone to share the road responsibly. Michigan law requires vehicles to give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing. But despite these efforts, more than 1,300 bicycles were involved in crashes with motor vehicles in 2022, and 36 people lost their lives in these crashes. The highest number of fatalities occurred in men ages 55-64 and those not wearing helmets.

Common factors contributing to these collisions include drivers who are distracted, fatigued, or not paying adequate attention, or cyclists who do not follow the rules of road. Cyclists can also be seriously injured if an occupant of a vehicle parked on the road opens a door suddenly without checking for oncoming cyclists. Bicycles are less visible than cars, especially in the dark, leading to crashes if the cyclist is not using lights and reflective gear to make themselves more noticeable.

Understanding Cyclist Rights and Protections

If a bicycle is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, the Michigan No-Fault Act applies. This means in most cases, the cyclist is entitled to medical coverage, wage loss, and in-home care from their own auto insurer or the auto insurer of the driver. If the cyclist is significantly injured, they may also be able to sue an at-fault driver for pain and suffering.

If a crash is caused or injuries are worsened due to a defect in how a bicycle, helmet, or other piece of safety equipment was designed or manufactured, the bicyclist may have a claim in premises liability. The government also has a duty to maintain the roads in safe condition, so a cyclist who loses control of their bike due to potholes, debris, or other unsafe road conditions may have a claim against the local road commission.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a bicycle accident, contact the skilled attorneys at Gruel Mills today. We have experience pursuing all types of claims stemming from bicycle accidents, and we will guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible recovery.

To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your bicycle accident claim with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 616-235-5500. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to pay for our services unless we recover money for you.

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