Over the last two years, I have gotten the opportunity to represent several cyclists who were injured after they were struck by a car; both motorcyclists as well as bicyclists. In each of these cases, the cyclist was following the law and operating within their rights on the roadway. Unfortunately for them, the cars that struck them either weren’t paying attention or, more likely, driving a little more aggressively because they didn’t respect a cyclist’s right to be on the roadway.
It is a fact in Colorado: the average driver tends to not respect bicyclists, and are irritated by their presence on the road. It seems that car drivers take an attitude that, because they are operating a heavy and dangerous machine, that cyclists should always defer to them when there is an encounter on the road. While common sense dictates that a cyclist might exercise caution when on a roadway, cyclists enjoy the same rights and must follow the same laws as a motor vehicle on the road. I understand and am able to communicate the cyclist’s perspective to the layperson, and help them take a step back and give the appropriate amount of respect to a cyclist injured in a collision.
The most common scenario is when a car approaches a cyclist on a residential street, and makes repeated attempts to pass the cyclist when the road is not wide enough to accommodate both individuals. Instead of relaxing, most cars I observe take risks that put the cyclist in danger.
Another scenario that I see is cyclists being injured on mountain roads, where cars are operating beyond the driver’s (or the vehicle’s) capability. The result is frequently an injured cyclist.
One of the most disturbing trends that I have seen in my cases is that, most cars who collide with cyclists have a tendency to leave the scene, creating a hit and run situation. That is depraved enough in and of itself, but it also creates a situation where the injured cyclist is exposed financially to deal with the costs of their own injury. Again, I have special knowledge on how to investigate hit and run cases, and also can analyze if you have any Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage that might fill in for a hit and run driver.
I would like to hear from you if you’ve been involved in a bicycle injury, or know someone who has. I would like to confirm whether my experiences match with any encounters that you’ve had with angry/aggressive drivers on the road endangering cyclists.