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Bicycle Accident
Injuries: Common Causes

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Below are some of the most common causes of bicycle accident injuries:

Bike Accidents With Cars

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Bicyclists assume all the rights and duties of a driver of a vehicle when they are on the road (F.S. 316.2065(1)), must obey all rules of the road, traffic signs, etc.

When on a sidewalk, bicyclists are treated more like a pedestrian (F.S. 316.2065(10)). Vehicles have to yield to cyclists on crosswalks.

What if bike is going wrong way down street and someone pulls out into them without looking in that direction. And if child, not held to same standard, adult would have a serious comparative negligence problem. But, a recovery may be had nonetheless. Realistically, cyclists will be given more latitude when driving on a sidewalk (even though that might be in appropriate) or driving down the wrong way of a street. Even though, they are treated like cars…juries understand that, in reality, the scenarios differ (car on sidewalk is much more egregious than bike on sidewalk).

As bicycle accident personal injury lawyers, we always go to the scene. If there are lots of cyclists, then any driver who regularly goes down that route, should be more aware of his surroundings. In addition, pictures of the scene, damaged bike, picture of road rash + injuries are always helpful.

Dogs VS

Dogs chasing a bicycle is more common then one may think. A dog doesn’t even need to make contact with the bike or rider. If the scare of a dog attack causes the cyclist to take evasive actions that results in an accident, the owner of the dog may be held liable for the injuries.


Injuries are much more likely to occur using a bicycle you are unfamiliar with. Especially riding in an area, such as a city you don’t know well. You are not used to the traffic patterns, general driving behavior of the city’s motorists, and you are more likely to be distracted by the sights and scenes. Bicycle riders may also be injured when the chain unexpectedly slips, handle bars rotate, bike tires are improperly inflated, seat collapses, etc… when contemplating a case against a bike rental company, we consider such elements as:

  • Was bike properly fitted/adjusted for renter?
  • Was the bike appropriate for the terrain for which it would be used?
  • Did the cyclist sign a release, if so, is the release valid and enforceable?


Potholes, uneven pavement, oily or slippery roads Road defects such as potholes can be difficult to pursue because the lawyer must first determine if the defect is on public or private property (this brings up sovereign immunity issues>). If the road defect is on a road that receives federal funding, the recipient of funds will be required to follow inspection criteria (especially with bridges).

Bike vs. Car Generally Injuries caused by road defects are inherently different when dealing with a car vs. road defect and bike accident caused by a defect. A bike is inherently less stable and more susceptible to defects than a car. A bicycle is also much slower and more maneuverable than a car, so the rider is expected to be on a higher alert for things in the road that may cause harm.


Just like a car, the different components that make up a bicycle can malfunction. However, unlike cars, bike parts on a single bicycle often come from different manufacturers. In an injury case, a eed to investigate whether the failed component came with the bike or it was separately purchased as an upgrade.

Recalls: Recently, there was a recall on Cervelo bikes (very popular with cyclists, widely used on the Tour de France) because the carbon forks were failing and causing significant injuries. Carbon seat posts are subject to failure as well.

Defects: Helmets come in a variety of types, so defective helmets are viable claims. The challenge to be able to differentiate between injuries a victim would have sustained even if helmet did what it was supposed to do vs. those injuries that resulted from the rider wearing a defective helmet.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

Drunk cycling has grown – in 2009, there were 630 bike deaths in US (1/4th due to drunk cycling). Only 50% of cyclists wear helmets occasionally while riding, only 35% wear them every time while riding.

Common comparative negligence issues in bicycle personal injury cases:

lack of lighting/reflectors for nighttime rides; cell phone use; headphones/music; and, of course, intoxication.

If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident in southern Florida and you believe another party is responsible, call the personal injury lawyers at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert – 305-931-6666