Common Defenses Against Bicyclists In Michigan Car Accident CasesStatistics show that one bicyclist is injured every 5 hours and 34 minutes. Catastrophic injuries are frequent outcomes of bicycle-car accidents and many motorists depend on certain arguments to be considered not at-fault. Most of the time evidence does not support their claims, however, these common arguments include:
- Bicyclist was speeding at the time of the car accident.
- Bike/bicyclist was not visible to the eye. I.e. traffic, no bright clothing, nigh time, etc…
- Bike was improperly positioned in the traffic lane. I.e. weaving in and out of traffic or traveling to close to other vehicles.
- Driver did not see the bicyclist.
Common Arguments For Injured Bicyclists in Michigan Car Accident CasesOne of the most common defenses a motorist uses, as mentioned above, is that the bicyclist was speeding at the time of the car accident. Studies prove that the average range of speed for a biker is between 10 and 20 miles per hour (mph). In court, motorists claim the bicyclist was traveling at 40 mph. This could be possible, however, for a bicyclist to even reach 30 mph would take significant ability and effort.
Other evidence shows that the image of a bicycle isn’t as familiar to a motorist. This fact is evidence that drivers may not always be so vigilant about watching out for bicyclists, and even though the image may not be familiar, bicyclists are not invisible ascertain his or her position on the roadway.
Our bicycle injury lawyers recommend all bicyclists to wear protective clothing, bright colored clothing and having reflectors on your bike while you ride so that you are not only more visible to Michigan drivers, but so that motorists do not have an argument of whether or not you were visible on the roadways as well.