In most accidents involving a bicyclist and a car driver, the latter is at fault. However, bikers who do not follow the rules of the road or engage in dangerous riding activities also can be liable for the accident.

Bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as auto drivers. If you fail to signal, fail to stop, do not use proper lighting on your bike at night, or ride the wrong way on a street, you could be liable. Liability could include your own injuries, injuries of others, and damage to vehicles.

Many states operate under what is called a modified comparative negligence rule in personal injury cases. If the driver or biker is more than 50% responsible for the accident, they may not be able to collect any damages for their injuries and property damages. In fact, if the biker is more than 50% responsible for the accident, they may have to pay damages to the car driver.

In other cases where the biker is less than 50% responsible for the accident, you still could recover damages. For example, if you are in an accident with a car on your bike and have $5000 in injuries but were 20% responsible for the accident, you would theoretically only get $4000 in damages.

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