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What You Should Know About Bicyclist and Pedestrian Personal Injury

Harding Law Firm - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tragically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, a total of 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles across the U.S.


At Harding Law, we sincerely hope you and your family members aren’t at any risk when cycling, walking or running on area roadways. However, there are personal injury laws protecting the rights of anyone who suffers harm in either situation.


One of the first steps in personal injury law is to show negligence. If the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident failed to do anything to prevent it, he or she is negligent by law. For instance, if a pedestrian is standing on a sidewalk and the driver of a car swerves onto the sidewalk, striking the pedestrian, the pedestrian has a legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, if a bicyclist crosses a busy street against a traffic signal, there may be no neglect on the part of the motorist; it was most likely the cyclist who was in error.


If there was neglect on the part of the motorist, you may have the right to a personal injury lawsuit. A call to us at Harding Law should be one of the first steps you take after you’ve attended to your injuries.  


You can to represent you and be your ally during personal injury proceedings related to cycling and pedestrian accidents. Call us if we can be of help at any time.


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