Max Draitser | Southern California Bicycle Attorneys

Bike injuries can throw you off your game.
Call our office today. Let us advocate for you.

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Max Draitser | Southern California Bicycle Attorneys

Bike injuries can throw you off your game.
Call our office today. Let us advocate for you.

888-30BIKELAW (888-302-4535)

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How bicycle accidents differ from car wrecks

Bicycle accidents and car accidents are both upsetting and occasionally devastating. That said, they differ significantly in numerous regards.

Every cyclist should know what sets apart bike accidents and what it means for the resulting aftermath.

Vulnerability and injuries

Bicyclists are more susceptible to injury compared to car drivers and their passengers. Car occupants are protected by the vehicle’s frame, seat belts and airbags, reducing the likelihood of physical harm. Bike riders have minimal protection, making them more likely to receive severe injuries when they wreck.

Laws and rights on the road

Rules governing road use also differentiate these cases. Bicyclists must follow many of the same laws as motorists, including signaling turns and stopping at red lights. However, they must also comply with additional regulations, such as riding in designated bike lanes and wearing helmets. In an accident scenario, the obligations of bicyclists come under intense scrutiny.

Damage assessments

The extent and nature of vehicular damage vary widely. Cars may sustain damage that requires costly repairs, but bicycles often get destroyed. Despite this, they typically represent a lower financial value than a car. Thus, evaluating the cost of a biking accident places a higher emphasis on the rider’s injuries and the potential for long-term disability or medical needs.

Insurance implications

Insurance coverage is another area of contrast. Car insurance policies are more complex and typically involve significant coverage. Bicyclists are frequently without bike insurance, subsequently complicating how they seek compensation. Riders may have to rely on health insurance or the motorist’s vehicle insurance to cover hospital bills and other losses.

While bicyclists and motorists are equally responsible for sharing the road, how collisions affect them differs significantly. Regardless, everyone must focus on safety and traveling in harmony.

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