Having significant experience with many cycling accident victims, our lawyers have seen firsthand how vulnerable cyclists are on the roads. Not only are they are less visible than other vehicles because of their small size, they have to maneuver around road hazards that other vehicles may not be aware of. A bicyclist is considerably slower than the rest of traffic, adding additional vulnerability in close, fast-moving traffic. Having virtually no protection from the impact of an accident besides a helmet (if worn) will increase the injury severity that results from a collision.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in BC
There are many possible causes of bicycle accidents in British Columbia, most of which are not unique to bicyclists. These include speeding, failing to obey traffic signs or signals, failing to check the blind spot when changing lanes, turning or reversing, distracted driving, impaired driving and failing to adjust to the weather and traffic conditions. Due to the negligence of other drivers, many cycling deaths and serious injuries result in BC each year.
Some common causes of accidents involving cyclists include:
- Failure the see the cyclist
- Entering the cyclist’s lane at an intersection
- Passing the cyclist too closely; and
- Opening a door without checking for a cyclist.
Other conditions that could contribute to a bicycle accident include:
- Road hazards such as dirt, debris and potholes
- Mechanical aspects of a bicycle; and
- Insufficient lighting.
Although cyclist experience is not usually a factor in fault, it does require skill to avoid cars and road hazards at the same time, while managing several gears, two brakes and steering. Cycling shoes that snap into clipless pedals may add additional complications and risks when multiple starts and stops are required in traffic.
Additionally, while most bicyclists stay off the roads at dark, they are often hardly visible to other drivers when travelling at night. Visibility is low despite requirements for a front white headlight visible for a minimum of 150 metres and a rear red light and reflector to be visible for a minimum of 100 metres.
If a bicyclist is found to be partially at fault for the accident, it is usually due to:
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals; and/or
- Travelling up on the side of a lane in traffic.
If a cyclist is deemed to have contributed to an accident, injury compensation can still be awarded but it will be reduced in proportion to the cyclist’s fault. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Coquitlam will work with you to understand the circumstances of your accident and pursue fair compensation on your behalf. We understand after suffering an accident that navigating the legal system is one of the last things you want to worry about. Trust the team at Spraggs & Co. Injury Lawyers to keep your best interests in mind and help you on the road to recovery.
Speak to a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Coquitlam, BC
When a cycling accident results in a brain injury, soft tissue, or other injury type in Coquitlam or surrounding areas, our bicycle accident lawyers can provide legal assistance. We represent injured parties in BC, including Langley, Surrey and Coquitlam, and more.
Your settlement may entail compensation for lost wages and future earnings, compensation for lost opportunities and the cost of future care, out of pocket expenses, and payment for pain and suffering even though you weren’t in a motorized vehicle at the time of the accident.
By choosing us at Spraggs & Co. Injury Lawyers, you can obtain accident compensation. We can start by advising you on how to deal with ICBC. Contact us today at 604.464.3333 or toll free at 1.866.939.3339.
We provide free, no-obligation consultations and you will not pay until we recover money for you.