Bicycle Injuries Caused by Road Hazards

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Is the Government Liable for Injuries Cause by Hazardous Road Conditions?

Bicycle accidents are common—especially when road conditions are poor. Even a small area of an unkempt road may cause serious injuries. When such occurs, the government may be liable unless they are immune.


If you are injured due to a pothole, the government may be liable for your injuries in the following situations:

Railroad Tracks

If railroad tracks or trolley tracks are in use, then the government will not be liable for any injuries they cause to bicyclists. However, if the tracks are abandoned and simply exist as a hazardous condition, then you may be able to bring a legal case for your injuries. You will likely need to show that the condition is hazardous and that the government has done nothing to minimize or warn about the hazard.

Sewer Grates

Sewer grates on roads may cause tremendous injuries to bicyclists, especially if those bicyclists are children. Bicyclists may get stuck in the gates when their grate bars run parallel to the bicyclists’ tires. It has become common for government entity to get rid of grate bars, as it is their duty to make the road safe for bicyclists.

Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you have been injured on your bicycle due to unsafe road conditions, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer can examine the facts of your case and determine if the government may be liable for your injuries.

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Last Modified: 02-03-2017 10:28 AM PST

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