Debunking common bicycle accident myths

Law Offices of Steven Zwick
Jun 25 2022

Often, we think much about car accidents when it comes to accidents that can occur on the road. With good reason, too — there are about 6 million car accidents in the United States every year. However, that is certainly not the only type of accident that can occur on the road. Bicycle accidents, unfortunately, are all too common. While some types of bicycle accidents are just that — pure accidents — others can be traced to mistakes or neglect. In these cases, it may be a good idea for victims to speak to bicycle attorneys, to see if they have potential claims regarding a personal injury lawsuit.Of course, many victims don’t pursue these options in the first place because of misconceptions surrounding bicycle accidents. We’re looking into a few of the most common bicycle myths, with the hope that the more you know, the easier it will be for you to know when to contact bicycle attorneys.1. Bicycle Accidents Are Usually The Cyclist’s FaultUnfortunately, bicyclists have developed something of a bad reputation when hitting the road, and not necessarily with good reason. Often, angry drivers blame bicyclists for their own accidents, leading to the idea that most bicycle accidents are the cyclist’s fault. This isn’t the case at all. Usually, bicycle accidents involving cars are the auto driver’s fault. Indeed, the cyclist is usually the one with the more severe injuries as well.2. If You Didn’t Wear A Helmet, You Can’t Be CompensatedSome cyclists don’t even call bicycle attorneys in the first place because they weren’t wearing helmets when they were injured. In fact, you are still eligible for compensation even if you weren’t wearing a helmet. You should seek out a bicycle accident attorney familiar with personal injury lawsuits if you weren’t wearing a helmet, however, as this can make the case somewhat more complicated.3. Bicycle Helmets Can’t Prevent InjuriesIn relation to the last myth, don’t believe that helmets cannot prevent you from being injured. Many cyclists don’t bother with helmets due to this misconception and are at risk of being gravely injured or even killed as a result. Don’t let this happen to you.Try to be as responsible as possible when out on the road on your bicycle. However, if an accident does occur, speak to bicycle attorneys regarding what you’re entitled to.