Colorado Bicycle Lawyers: Road Debris Accidents
Whether you’re riding a road bike, cruiser, mountain bike, hybrid, recumbent or any other type of self-powered two wheel bike on the road, you’re certain to encounter some type of road debris, pot hole, obstruction, or other type of road hazard that can cause you to crash. Many times when some type of unexpected danger appears, you can either stop or swerve out of the way. When these types of crashes occur, it’s important to know what steps to take to protect yourself both physically, but legally as well.
When a road debris bicycle accident happens, if you are physically able, you must take immediate action. Sorting out who is at fault and other key issues are generally difficult to figure out in any type of accident. When it’s a crash from hazards in the roadway, such as potholes and debris, the liability picture becomes more complex. The legal hurdles that you face after a road debris bicycle accident become more complex because oftentimes, a claim must be brought against a governmental agency.
Liability in a Road Debris Bicycle Accident
In virtually all bicycling crashes, including those stemming from roadway hazards, finding out who is at fault and who is responsible for your injuries is a daunting task. Locating this “negligent” party oftentimes comes down to who is responsible for maintaining the roadway and making sure it is free of defects, clutter, trash, potholes, debris and other dangers.
If a road debris biking accident occurs because of a private party’s negligence, the facts must be closely examined to find the negligent party. Many times, loads are not secured properly and may become dislodged, fall into the roadway, causing a dangerous conditions to anyone in the vicinity. Further, oftentimes, the drivers of the negligently secured loads may be employed either privately, professionally, or governmentally, which brings the employer into the picture (Respondeat Superior). The employer can be found responsible for the negligent acts of its employee if the employee is in the course and scope of their employment.
Bicycling crashes involving road debris and other hazards present unique issues with respect to liability and have unique rules of compliance if governmental entities are involved. As such, it is important to speak with an attorney skilled in bicycling cases who know the ins and outs of these types of cases and the unique complexities associated with them.
Contact Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
At Zinda Law Group, we have provided counsel to many road debris bicycle accident victims and their loved ones throughout Colorado. We are avid cyclists ourselves and are keenly aware of the legal nuances involved as well as the emotional support necessary to help the biking victims and their loved ones cope with their loss.
We provide a free initial consultation to all of our clients. You can contact us through our website or call us at 303-800-1501. We handle all of our cases on a contingency fee arrangement. There is no charge to our clients unless a recovery is obtained.