Who is liable in a bikeshare accident?
Bikesharing has become an affordable and convenient mode of transportation for many people in Hartford, and the major bike-share service providers like Bird and in Hartford, specifically Lime, have expanded rapidly in cities across the country. Lime introduced the bright green bikes to the city last June, and it quickly added more bikes to the city’s streets after a surge in use, according to the Hartford Courant.
While these vehicles are eco-friendly and fun to ride, riders, pedestrians, and other motorists could suffer severe or possibly fatal injury if they are involved in an accident. The injured party may wonder, “who is liable for my injuries if I’m hurt in a bike-share crash?”.
Determining liability for a bike-share accident is often different than regular bike crashes because multiple parties could potentially be responsible. A few potentially liable parties include:
- The rider, if they are reckless or negligent in handling or operating the bike
- Motorists, if they fail to share the road with bike-share riders, if they do not look before opening their car door in the path of a rider, or if they are careless, aggressive, or intoxicated behind the wheel
- Pedestrians, if they fail to observe the rules of the road or cross the street in non-designated locations
- The bike-share company, if it fails to inspect and maintain its fleet of bicycles properly
As a bike-share rider you should:
- Read all safety information included on the app and online, and (naturally); you should only ride if you are comfortable riding a bicycle.
- Before getting on the bike, inspect it to make sure it is in proper working condition.
- Never ride a bike while intoxicated or while drowsy.
- Make sure to follow the rules of the road and be on the lookout for pedestrians and motorists at all times.
If you’ve been hurt in a bike share accident as a rider, motorist, or pedestrian, consult with an experienced bike-share attorney to learn about your rights and the legal options that are available to you. For help in Hartford, or anywhere in Connecticut, turn to the attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help. Our consultations are always free, so schedule a confidential meeting with our team by calling (203) 397-1283 today.