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Driver negligence can cause a serious bicycle accident

As a bicyclist, you know just how dangerous it can be to ride in close proximity to motor vehicles.

Although there are laws in place to ensure that everyone shares the road, there are times when this doesn't happen. For example, a driver of a passenger car may act in a negligent manner, thus causing a serious accident.

Negligence by a driver can mean many things:

-- Speeding

-- Neglecting to stop at a traffic light or stop sign

-- Neglecting to yield to a bicyclist in a cross walk

-- Drifting into a bike lane

-- Distracted driving, such as using a cellphone

Of course, it doesn't matter why the driver was negligent. What matters after an accident is that you take care of yourself. This means contacting an ambulance and waiting for help to arrive. Even if you feel okay to move, it's best to stay put until medical personnel reaches the scene.

Due to the size difference between a bicycle and a vehicle, due to the fact that bicyclists don't have much protection, the chance of serious injury or even death is very real. This is why it's so important to wear protective gear, such as a helmet, at all times.

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, if a loved one has been killed as the result of driver negligence, you should learn more about the law as well as your legal rights. While you're not guaranteed to receive compensation by filing a lawsuit, this is something you may want to consider as the victim in an accident.

Source: FindLaw, "Bicycle Accidents," accessed Nov. 16, 2016

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