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Bikeshare Accidents

Bikeshare Accidents in Washington, DC

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Bikeshare services have become a popular transportation alternative in the District of Columbia, as well as major cities throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the country. Since DC became the first city in North American to launch its own bikesharing system, demand for these services has exploded.

Today, those who travel city streets and move to and from local Metro stations have access to thousands of bicycles from providers like Capital Bikeshare (operated by Motivate), and dockless bikeshare services like LimeBike, Spin, Mobike, and Jump DC, among a growing list of other startups.

While bikeshare services have grown in popularity and are seen as a convenient, cost-efficient, and eco-friendly way to beat traffic and shorten trips around the city, they have also brought increased accident risks to public roads. Because these services are so new, however, victims injured in bikeshare accidents can face challenges when asserting their rights to recover financial compensation for their damages.

Our personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have extensive experience handling all types of bicycle accident and auto accident cases, and are here to help victims and their families navigate the legal process ahead. Contact us to request a free consultation.

Bike-Share Safety Risks & Accidents

Similar to rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, bikeshare companies allow customers to access and unlock nearby bikes with the use of an app. Though the concept is commendable, bikeshare services pose some unique safety risks, including risks of preventable accidents involving:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Bicyclists, no matter what type of bike they ride, face tremendous risks of being involved in accidents with motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles and commercial trucks or buses driven by motorists who may fail to see cyclists, fail to yield at intersections, or commit other dangerous violations. Cyclists injured in preventable car accidents arising from a driver’s negligence or the negligence of a commercial operator have the right to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim.
  • Pedestrian Accidents – Bicycles help alleviate roadway congestion by getting motorists out of their cars and off the road, but negligent riders can pose risks to pedestrians, especially at intersections, on congested walkways, and in parking lots. Depending on who’s at fault for the accident, whether it be a negligent rider or some other party, injured victims can explore their options for pursuing needed compensation.
  • Roadway Hazards – Many of the latest bikeshare services provide customers with the ability to unlock “dockless” bikes that can be left nearly anywhere after they’ve been used. As a result, these bikes can become serious hazards to pedestrians, other cyclists, and even motor vehicles that travel local roads and walkways. In cases involving rental bikes that have been left or placed negligently on sidewalks or streets, or riders injured as a result of roadway defects or dangerous conditions on another’s property, determining who can be held liable for damages can be a challenging matter.
  • Defective Products – Bikeshare services have an obligation to ensure the safety of the bikes they rent to customers, and to adequately inspect and maintain rental bikes so as to avoid preventable wrecks caused by broken or malfunctioning bicycles. When they fail to do so, these companies can potentially be held liable for injuries and damages riders and others suffer as a result of broken or defective products.

Justice for Injured DC Bicyclists & Pedestrians

As a law firm that passionately protects the rights of injured bicyclists throughout the DC region, and a proud sponsor of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), our team knows the high potential for serious and catastrophic injuries often make bicycle accidents high stakes cases. Thankfully, recent changes to DC’s laws now allow injured riders and pedestrians to seek a recovery of their damages even if they were partially (50% or less) at fault for contributing to an accident.

Though injured riders and pedestrians now have greater ability to recover the compensation they often desperately need, there is never a guarantee they will be fairly compensated. This is due largely to insurance companies and corporations that want to shield themselves against liability, and pay injured claimants as little as they possibly can.

Fighting for Victims & Families Throughout DC, Maryland & Virginia

Whether you or someone you love has been injured in a bikeshare accident as a rider, a pedestrian, or a motorist, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is available to help you better understand your legal rights and whether you may have grounds to pursue a claim. Backed by over a century of collective experience, our attorneys harness our insight, experience, and reputation as proven trial lawyers to help clients fight for the maximum compensation possible.

Discuss a potential case anywhere in DC, Maryland, or Virginia by calling (202) 644-8303 or contacting us online for a FREE consultation.