Bicycle and Pedestrian Collisions

Bicycle and pedestrian collisions represent a significant concern on roads and sidewalks, posing grave risks to both cyclists and pedestrians. At Breit Biniazan, we recognize the severity of these incidents and are committed to providing legal support and guidance to those affected. With our expertise in personal injury law, we strive to ensure that victims receive the justice and compensation they deserve.


Factors Contributing to Bicycle-Pedestrian Collisions

  • Several factors contribute to bicycle-pedestrian collisions, including:
  • Distracted walking or biking
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Poor visibility
  • Inadequate infrastructure such as poorly marked crosswalks or bike lanes. 
  • Speeding motorists and drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians can significantly increase the likelihood of accidents

Our legal team conducts thorough investigations to identify the primary factors involved in each collision and hold negligent parties accountable.

Types of Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrians involved in collisions with bicycles can sustain a range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to severe trauma such as broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord damage. These injuries can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences for victims and their families. 

Our attorneys work diligently to ensure that injured pedestrians receive proper medical care and fair compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Steps to Take Immediately After an Accident

Medical Attention: Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries sustained in the collision, even if they seem minor. Prompt medical treatment is crucial for ensuring proper recovery and documenting the extent of your injuries.

Report Accident: Contact law enforcement to report the accident and obtain an official police report. This report will contain vital information about the circumstances of the collision, which can be essential for pursuing legal action.

Document Accident: Gather evidence at the scene, including photos of the accident site, witness statements, and any relevant traffic signs or signals. This documentation will help support your claim and establish liability for the collision.

Legal Representation: Consult with Breit Biniazan as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the claims process, protect your rights, and advocate on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve.

Identifying Potential Hazards

Identifying potential hazards on sidewalks and roadways is essential for preventing bicycle-pedestrian collisions. Hazards may include uneven pavement, obstructed visibility, poorly marked crosswalks, and distracted or reckless behavior by cyclists and pedestrians alike. By remaining vigilant and aware of your surroundings, you can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

Road Safety for Pedestrians

Pedestrians can take proactive measures to enhance their safety on sidewalks and roadways, such as using designated crosswalks, obeying traffic signals, and avoiding distractions such as electronic devices. Pedestrians should make themselves visible to cyclists and motorists by wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking during low-light conditions.

Cyclist Awareness and Responsibilities

Cyclists must also prioritize pedestrian safety by yielding the right of way at crosswalks, maintaining a safe distance when passing pedestrians, and obeying traffic laws and signals. Cyclists should always be prepared to stop or slow down to avoid collisions with pedestrians, particularly in crowded or congested areas.

Understanding Pedestrian Traffic Laws and Regulations

Both pedestrians and cyclists must familiarize themselves with applicable traffic laws and regulations to ensure safe interactions on sidewalks and roadways. This includes understanding the right of way at crosswalks, yielding to pedestrians in designated areas, and respecting shared spaces. Awareness of these laws can help prevent collisions and promote a culture of safety for all road users.

Tips for Bicyclists to Avoid Collisions with Pedestrians:

  • Use designated bike lanes: Whenever possible, ride in designated bike lanes to minimize interactions with pedestrians on sidewalks.
  • Signal your presence: Use a bell or verbally announce your presence when approaching pedestrians from behind to alert them of your presence.
  • Slow down in crowded areas: Reduce your speed when riding in crowded areas such as parks or pedestrian-heavy streets to give yourself ample time to react to pedestrians.
  • Yield to pedestrians: Always yield the right of way to pedestrians, especially when crossing at crosswalks or intersections.
  • Maintain a safe distance: Leave plenty of space between yourself and pedestrians, particularly when passing or overtaking them on sidewalks or shared pathways.

Tips for Pedestrians to Stay Safe Around Bicycles:

  • Stay alert: Pay attention to your surroundings and remain vigilant for approaching cyclists when walking near bike lanes or shared pathways.
  • Use designated walkways: Whenever possible, walk on designated sidewalks or pathways separate from bicycle lanes to reduce the risk of collisions.
  • Look both ways: Before crossing bike lanes or shared pathways, look both ways to ensure no cyclists are approaching.
  • Avoid distractions: Put away electronic devices and refrain from wearing headphones while walking near bicycle lanes or shared pathways to remain aware of your surroundings.

Bicycle-pedestrian collisions can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, but you don’t have to face the aftermath alone. Breit Biniazan is here to provide the legal support and representation you need to pursue justice and fair compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle-pedestrian collision, contact our bicycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you rebuild your life.

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