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Will my auto insurance cover me in a bicycle accident?

The roadways in Montana have to be shared by a range of people. Large, trucks, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians all occupy the roads. To keep everyone safe, there is a list of rules that have to be followed. When someone fails to follow a road law, accidents happen. If you are a bike rider, you could even cause an accident. 

Legal and physical protection for cyclists

Our current atmosphere in Montana is not entirely friendly to bicycle riders. However, we at the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton believe in creating a safe and injury-free environment as much as possible, especially with regards to human factors. While we have neither control over nor recourse against the weather, your bicycle ride should never turn into a costly medical bill or severe disability because of the negligent actions or omissions of another party.

What can you do to stay safe on a bicycle?

If you are one of the many Montana residents who enjoys pedaling your bicycle around to get to and from places, you may be well aware that this form of transportation has its risks. However, there are certainly precautions you can take to stay safe on your bike and prevent accidents from occurring. Your attention to safety can also reduce the chance you receive a serious injury if you are involved in an accident.

The unique dangers of biking in Montana

Earlier this year, USA Today reported the tragic death of Brad Treat, a Forest Service law enforcement officer killed by a grizzly bear in a biking accident in Montana’s Flathead National Forest. Treat and a companion were riding their mountain bikes when Treat rounded a blind curve at 20-25 miles per hour and collided with the bear.

What is bike awareness?

Montana bicyclists have a lot to worry about every time they're on the road. Many of these concerns derive from the fact that they and their bikes are difficult to see. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton, we work to bring awareness to issues unique to bicyclists like you, and help those whose lack of visibility has caused harm.

Common injuries from bicycle accidents

Cyclists in Montana face extra threats when sharing the road with motorized vehicles. Not only do they have very little protection, but they're also going at a much slower speed. Their small size can make them hard to spot as well, which culminates in a recipe for potential disaster.

The roads can be dangerous for bicyclists

Traveling the beautiful roads of the state of Montana is enjoyable from any vantage point, but cruising along on a bicycle is a unique experience that gets you up close with the wildlife and city sights. While enjoyable, this mode of travel can also be very dangerous. Bike paths may keep you separated, but most routes will require you to share the road with passenger vehicles for at least part of your journey. We at the Law Firm of Edmiston and Colton understand these dangers and are here to protect your rights if you are injured in an accident.

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