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Car accidents involving bicycles can be tragic events

With miles of beautiful coastline on each of the Hawaiian Islands, it is no wonder that tourists and residents alike enjoy slowing down their pace to enjoy the natural wonders of the ocean. This can mean taking a break from their busy schedules to experience nature on foot or from the seat of a bicycle. However, when individuals get on their bikes and take to the roads of the state, dangerous and sometimes life-threatening car accidents can result.

Both motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists are bound to exercise caution and care when they operate their modes of transportation. Drivers are obligated to avoid negligence by extending a duty of care to all others they share the road with, including bicyclists. When people drive while drunk, distracted, aggressively or recklessly, rather than their concentrating on remaining in control of their vehicles, they can cause devastating accidents with bicyclists.

Bicyclists are bound to similar obligations. While a bicycle may do much less damage to a vehicle and the vehicle's passengers if the bicycle collides with it, bicyclists are still required to follow the rules of the road. If a bicyclist rides erratically, fails to obey traffic signals and markers or hazards on the roads, this could reduce the amount of damages they are entitled to due to the collision.

Unfortunately, though, when an accident happens between a car and a bike, the bicyclist is the one who usually suffers the most damages. Bike accidents often happen when drivers fail to see or to check for bicycles before maneuvering on the roads. Compensation for bike accident victims can be pursued by those who suffered harm due to the conduct of others.

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