Is avoiding a bike crash really all your responsibility?

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2022 | Bicycle Accidents |

As an avid cyclist, you’ve spent many hours on the roads. You know that other drivers aren’t always cautious, and you do your best to mitigate the risk.

Despite your best efforts, you could end up in a cycling crash. If that happens, it’s essential that you take the time to get the medical care you need and look into making a personal injury case. While you may think that it is unfair that so much of this situation falls on your shoulders to take care of, you need to advocate for yourself to get what you need out of this case.

Avoiding a crash isn’t only your responsibility

Many people are quick to say what cyclists should or should not do if they want to avoid bike crashes, but fewer talk about the fact that drivers just aren’t as safe as they should be.

Avoiding a crash isn’t just your responsibility. You should not have to constantly yield to drivers who make mistakes on the road. You shouldn’t have to be on the defensive 24/7.

Unfortunately, as a much smaller road user, you are at a greater risk of being involved in a crash. Drivers might say they didn’t see you or that you made a mistake and got in their way, but you have a right to be on the road and use it like any other vehicle’s driver. Others should take responsibility for their mistakes and, if they hit you, pay you for your losses.

After a crash, stand up for yourself and seek compensation

By holding others accountable for their actions, you’re helping show that cyclists have a right to be on the roads and to use them within the bounds of the law. As long as you were following the rules of the road, there is no reason that someone else should have hit you or put your life at risk.

Making a claim is one way that you can hold the other driver accountable and make sure they understand that their actions had a real, serious effect. You deserve the right to fair compensation for all your pain and suffering as well as the financial losses you’ve faced.