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When riding a bicycle in any setting, you know that you will be in close proximity to motor vehicles at most times. While there is nothing wrong with sharing the road with motorists, here’s something to remember: an accident can happen at any point in time.

Here are some of the many causes of a collision between a car and bicycle:

— Open car door. If a driver opens a car door before checking behind him or her, a bicyclist can be knocked to the ground.

— Left or right turn. Unfortunately, many motorists make a turn before first looking for bicyclists.

— Red lights and stop signs. When a driver attempts to beat red light or fails to stop at a stop sign, it could result in a collision with a bicyclist.

— No knowledge of the law. Many drivers do not realize that bicyclists follow the same rules of the road as vehicles.

At our law firm, we have represented individuals injured in almost every type of accident imaginable. Unfortunately, we have seen firsthand just how serious this type of crash can be.

If you find yourself involved in a bicycle accident with a car, here is what you need to do:

— Move to safety if possible

— Call for an ambulance

— Receive medical treatment and better understand your long term treatment strategy

— Learn more about your legal rights

Your injuries may change your life forever, so it’s imperative that you understand your legal rights, such as your ability to receive compensation from a negligent driver.