Bikes are relatively unstable compared to other types of vehicles thanks to their thin tires and profile, and the human control element associated with them. This means they’re especially susceptible to accidents caused by hazards in the roadway.
Let’s take a look at a few examples of some types of accidents caused by road hazards and how to proceed in those situations.
The openings of sewer grates can be quit dangerous for cyclists. The bars should not be placed in the same direction as traffic, as this could result in bike tires becoming stuck between them. While most cities and counties have rules in place to change the direction or shape of these grates, there are still dangerous grates that exist.
If an accident occurs because of poorly designed sewer grates, bikers may be able to file a claim against the city or county tasked with managing those grates.
Potholes happen in roads, especially in areas that see seasonal shifts in temperature and weather conditions. If the pothole formed because of poor, temporary repairs, the entity that performed the road work could be responsible if there was insufficient warning of the hazard.
If the pothole is the result of wear and tear, liability will depend on whether the entity responsible for managing the roads was negligent. Factors will include how long the pothole was present and whether that entity should reasonably have known of its existence and the danger it posed.
Rail and trolly tracks must be designed in a way that makes them safe for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. Public entities must take appropriate steps to reduce hazards associated with them or risk being held liable for resulting accidents.
To learn more about how to file a personal injury claim after a bicycle accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.