Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as cars, trucks, and motorcycles. As result, bicyclists are subject to the same traffic laws and rules of the road as cars, trucks, and motorcycles. However, bicycle trails are becoming more popular. As a result, to avoid bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other users of bike trails need to keep a proper lookout and provide audible warnings when passing or meeting on bicycle trails.
A Rochester man died when he crashed his bicycle on a bike trail. After the bicyclist made contact with a pedestrian on the trail, he flipped over his bicycle handle bars and landed on his head. After the bicycle accident, he was transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
The bicyclist sustained traumatic brain injuries from the crash.
There are a number reasons and legal theories for bicycle accidents on bicycle trails. First, there may be negligence by the bicyclist in colliding with another bicyclist or a pedestrian. Audible warnings are very important when passing on bicycle trails.
Second, the bicycle trail may be defective. Trails must be regularly maintained to keep them safe. A poorly maintained trail—or simply a defective portion of a trail—may cause injuries. However, claims related to defective trails are often barred by recreational immunity or governmental immunity.
Third, a defective bicycle may create a product liability case. Today, bicycles are often assembled using component parts manufactured by other companies. A product liability case may be brought against the assembler, the component parts manufacturer, and/or the local dealer who sold the bicycle.
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