Hazardous road conditions can spell disaster for a bicyclist, especially given the relative instability of a bicycle travelling at high speeds. When the little protection afforded most bicyclists is factored in, even a small variation in road conditions can cause serious injuries including broken bones and neck trauma.
If you suffer a fall from your bicycle due to a road hazard, it may be possible to hold the city, county, or state responsible if it is on a public roadway. A Scottsdale personal injury attorney can help you determine if it is possible to hold the government at fault for your bike accident and recover compensation for your injuries.
The following are some of the more common hazards to bicyclists. You should contact an injury lawyer as soon as you can after an accident to begin work on your case.
Potholes are usually caused by inadequate repairs made to the road which cause them to sink or crack afterwards or by means of long-term wear and tear to the road. A government entity should be responsible for fixing potholes, local or otherwise, and sufficient warning of the area should be provided for.
Whether the public entity is responsible for fixing long-term wear to roads depends on how long the pothole has been in existence. If a hazard has been present for months, it could be responsible for your bicycle accident. It is especially helpful to your case if other accidents have happened in the past and the public agency knew of them.
Sewer Grate Accidents
When sewer grate bars run parallel to traffic, bicycle tires may get stuck in them which could cause a bicyclist's momentum to throw them from the bike, causing serious injuries. Even grates with cross-hatched bars can cause instability at high speeds. Bicyclists have a right to a safe roadway and if public agencies failed to remedy a dangerous hazard, they could be held liable for damages.
Rail & Trolley Track Accident
Whether unused tracks run with traffic, against it, or curve, bike wheels can become stuck between the rail and the road or hit the rail head-on causing the bike to bounce. Public entities can be held accountable and legal responsible more often when tracks run in the direction of traffic or cross on a curve or angle than perpendicular rails.
Rails that are dangerous and no longer being used can be removed by the city, county, or state or such entities should provide the public with proper warning, A public agency should never make a bike path encouraging bicyclists to travel on dangerous tracks.
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident caused by shoddy public road conditions, the Watkin Law Office can work to recover compensation. Our firm has over 35 years of experience and argue for your rights!