Bike Accidents and Large Vehicles By Steve Charpentier on December 16, 2017

Blurry semi-truck on highwayA bike accident with a car is more serious for the cyclist than it is for the driver of a car. The difference in size and weight between bikes and cars causes bikers to suffer more serious injury when bikes and cars collide, and these injuries are greater when the car is larger.

In Melbourne, FL, the attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm have experience helping bicycle riders recover from damages sustained in accidents with cars. We know what pieces of the puzzle are needed to paint a clear picture of liability, and know how to go after the responsible party for repayment of all of the expenses associated the accident.

In cases of bike accidents involving large vehicles, we pay special attention to the contrast in driving capabilities and safety features between cars and bikes so your needs are clear when making a demand for compensation.

How Big of a Threat Are Large Vehicles to Bicyclists?

Most biking accidents come in the form of a car door being opened into the path of an oncoming cyclist, or a car failing to yield to a biker and turning directly into the path of a biker. But a collision with a large vehicle poses a much greater threat to a biker.

These factors should be considered when an accident involving a bike and large vehicle occurs:

  • Larger cars take longer to stop than smaller vehicles. Think about how long it takes to bring a semi-truck or bus to a stop compared to the time required to safely bring a passenger vehicle to rest. When a bike is in the path of a large vehicle, the large vehicle may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting the cyclist.
  • Big cars and trucks require more space to turn and can swing too wide and hit a bike when trying to navigate intersections.

These simple, but accurate facts, demonstrate the serious threat posed by big vehicles to bikers. In addition, any time a larger object comes into contact with a smaller one, the smaller object is at greater risk for injury.

What Rights Do Bicyclists Have?

Bikers are given the same rights as drivers and passengers in vehicles. Safety is the number one priority, and everyone on the road is entitled to share the road with responsible drivers.

This means drivers must give riders the space needed to ride safely, and obey all rules of the road when operating a car in the presence of a bicycle. The same is true for bikers, who must practice safe riding habits when on the road with passenger cars and trucks. Any time these duties are breached, the injured party can look to the responsible party for compensation.

Who to Call for Help with a Bike Accident and Large Vehicle Case

If you have been in a biking accident with a large vehicle, the knowledgeable legal team at Charpentier Law Firm can help. We make arguments that fit the facts of your case. We can help you today. Contact us online or call our office at (321) 308-8020.

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