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FAQ's

  1. What are the rights and responsibilities of a cyclist?
  2. What are the most common causes of bicycle related accidents?
  3. How does Shapiro & Associates help me?
  4. What are the laws for cyclists?
  5. Can Shapiro & Associates help me sue?

  1. What are the rights and responsibilities of a cyclist?
    Most States' law provides a cyclist with the same rights and responsibilities as an automobile or other motor vehicle operator. Certain exceptions may apply if the bicycle is not actually being "ridden" at the time of the accident.


  2. What are the most common causes of bicycle related accidents?
    • Irresponsible riders who do not carefully follow the rules of the road;
    • Reckless drivers of automobiles, motorcycles, buses or other heavy vehicles;
    • Negligent manufacturers or retailers of bicycles, bicycle parts, bicycle accessories and/or vehicles - a defective product can cause accidents;
    • Careless repair shops or mechanics - many accidents are caused by the faulty repair of a bicycle;
    • The City, County or State who maintains the roads - many accidents are a result of dangerous conditions created by an unsafe roadway;
    • Dangerous condition of public property - some accidents occur due to the careless design, maintenance, or upkeep of public property - including open man-holes construction, tree trimming, etc.


  3. How does Shapiro & Associates help me?
    Shapiro and Associates has a seasoned team of experts that offers litigators support in their bicycle related litigation. Whatever the case involves, whether a reckless motorist, unsafe road conditions, defective or unsafe cycling equipment, or negligent maintenance, our experienced team can help by methodically reconstructing an accident and determine the errors, failures and liability.


  4. What are the laws for cyclists?
    Most states have specific rules and regulations that apply only to bicycle riders. These laws not only protect a cyclist, but also set forth specific responsibilities and duties. These laws include regulations such as:
    • Specifics on where a cyclist is permitted to ride and speed limits
    • Regulations on the necessary equipment a rider is required to have on their bicycle and on their person when riding
    • The number of riders allowed on a bicycle
    • The use of hand signals
    • The use of bicycle lanes
    • Regulations on riding on a road or street without bicycle lanes
    • Specifics on the use of vehicle traffic and turn lanes
    • Drinking or using drugs while riding a bicycle


  5. Can a cyclist be at fault for an accident?
    If a cyclist violates the laws established for safe operation of a bicycle and that violation is found to be a contributing or causing factor of the accident, then the cyclist may be found at fault. If a bicycle rider is found to be operating their bicycle recklessly, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may be arrested for a DUI and could possibly lose their driver's license.


  6. Can Shapiro & Associates help me sue?
    If you were injured - or a family member was injured or killed - due to the negligence or fault of a motorist of other party, while riding a bicycle, you should contact a lawyer immediately, to determine whether you can bring a lawsuit against the negligent party to recover damages. Shapiro & Associates can recommend a lawyer, but we do not litigate the cases ourselves.