Bicycle Accidents & Reckless Drivers
Washington, DC Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Although some bicycle accidents are the fault of the cyclist,
studies estimate that over 90% are caused by reckless motorists. Reckless drivers are usually either not paying attention, or do not give
bicycles the respect and safe distance they need.
Sharing the road is the law. When a car fails to yield the right-of-way
to a bicycle, the driver should be held responsible for any serious injuries
Types of Reckless Driving
Some of the most common types of reckless driving include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to yield
- Illegal turns
- Running a stop sign or a red light
In each of these situations, a bicycle accident could have been prevented
if the driver had been exercising reasonable care. Even when a person
is drunk, they still make the decision to get behind the wheel of their
vehicle instead of finding a ride home. There is no excuse for negligence,
especially when it can so easily lead to the injury or death of another.
Bicycle Accidents and the Law
Bicycle accidents tend to be a bit more complex than the average car accident
case, simply because the right-of-way – and who was violating it
– is so often in question. Insurance companies may refuse to compensate
bicycle accident victims by trying to pin a portion (or all) of the blame
on the cyclist.
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle-car accident caused by
a reckless driver, our experienced Washington, DC personal injury lawyers
at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can help. We can negotiate
with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that the facts of your
case are accurately represented, and we will fight tirelessly to help
you obtain the fullest measure of compensation you are entitled to.
If you would like more information about your case, your rights, and how
our firm may be able to help, please fill out a
free case evaluation form or call (202) 644-8303 for a FREE consultation.