Bicycling is a popular sport in Utah. It is also an economical and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, and a part of many people’s lifestyles. When riding a bicycle, the rider experiences a much closer connection with the surroundings than is possible when riding in a car or on a motorcycle. Further, cycling is great aerobic exercise, and a non-impact workout that is good for both weight loss and cardiovascular fitness.
Despite these benefits, riding a bicycle on streets that are shared with motorized vehicles is also a risky business. Cars and trucks dominate the roadways, and bicyclists must share the roads, streets, and trails of Salt Lake City with motorized vehicles. Cyclists face real dangers when they ride; one important issue is that there are usually no protective barriers between bicycle lanes and motor vehicle lanes. Cyclists can be road to see on certain roads that were designed primarily for vehicles. Intersections and turns are particularly more dangerous for bicyclists than they are for cars.
At this Salt Lake City bicycle accident law firm, we know that serious injuries and fatalities to cyclists are not random accidents. Someone was responsible for your injuries and suffering. We will fight for your rights, and for the compensation you need to put your life back together. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle crash, you need a responsive, skillful legal team fully committed to fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you need and deserve.
Citizenship and/or immigration status are not an issue in bicycle accidents or fatality cases involving failure of bicycle parts or tires, negligent installation or maintenance, and unsafe roadway design.
Categories of bicycle accidents:
- Collisions with cars: cars are big, heavy and not particularly maneuverable. Too many drivers drive as though cars were the only vehicles on the road, and do not pay attention to the presence of cyclists. Their inattention makes bike riding on streets particularly hazardous.
- Dangerous roadways: a road – including its shoulders and intersections – that is poorly designed or maintained can present serious dangers. Neglect of maintenance on bike paths and trails can create dangerous situations for anyone on two wheels.
- Faulty safety equipment: defective helmets and crash pads can turn a minor collision into a catastrophic life-changing situation through no fault of the cyclist.
- Defectively designed bikes or parts: a defective bike can fail at anytime, causing serious injury, pain, and suffering for the unwitting rider.
Many other situations can cause a bicycling accident in Utah. Don’t be afraid to contact one of our bicycle accident attorneys in Salt Lake City just because the cause of your accident was not listed here. Chances are our bicycle injury attorneys can point you in the right direction to get you back on the road.