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A cyclist accident doesn't have to flatten your financial tires

Whether as a preferred means of transportation, or even as a hobby, many individuals choose to travel from place to place via bicycle. While cycling may have its benefits, such as avoiding traffic or providing a fun form of exercise, there may also be some level of risk involved, especially near traffic.

Perhaps you have been in a bicycle-vehicle collision, with a limited amount of protection available, accidents of this nature have a higher chance of ending in disaster. If the driver of the vehicle is at fault, you might wish to pursue compensation, potentially leaving you to wonder how to proceed.

Pursuing compensation after a bicycle accident

Much like in other accidents, your ability to pursue compensation may hinge on determining liability. This aspect may seem somewhat intimidating at first glance, and perhaps you are wondering how to go about proving fault. Some crucial factors that may influence the process could include the following:

  • Driver negligence: Drivers who operate a vehicle at excessive speeds or while distracted often pose a threat to nearby cyclists, and proving that negligence was a contributing factor in your collision is often a crucial step.
  • Cyclist negligence: Cyclists also have a duty of care to obey, and negligence on the part of a cyclist could reduce his or her ability to pursue compensation.
  • Presence of injury: You may have to prove that your injuries are the result of the driver's actions, whether via negligence or recklessness.
  • Presence of traffic violation: If the driver receives a citation for a traffic violation following the accident, the burden of proof may no longer be on your shoulders, as citations such as a speeding ticket often indicate negligence.

While these are often crucial factors to consider when pursuing compensation following a bicycle-related collision, there may be other areas, such as New Jersey state traffic laws, that might play a role in the process, and seeking guidance from someone with extensive knowledge in this area could prove beneficial for the road ahead.

Advice moving forward

If the other party is at fault in the collision, causing you to suffer serious injuries in the process, you may wish to pursue restitution for damages. However, the process can be stressful and daunting, potentially spurring a need for assistance moving forward. Seeking guidance on the crucial areas to cover, as well as the available outlets for relief, could help prepare you to pursue the compensation you need and deserve, which may in turn help you navigate the road to recovery with less worry on your mind.

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