Q: If there is an accident between a car and a bicycle, is law enforcement required to issue a ticket?

A: No, law enforcement is not required to issue a ticket in any sort of accident. Police officers are granted a wide degree of discretion to choose whether they will allege a violation of a law.

The responding officer may consider the seriousness of the wreck, whether or not there were witnesses who were not involved in the accident, or even how the alleged violator gives his side of the story.  The officer does not have to see the alleged violation or misdemeanor firsthand, but some officers choose not to rely solely on other persons’ testimony.

Even if no tickets were issued, it is still possible to recover in a claim for your injuries. Each accident presents with differing circumstances that can affect the outcome in a personal injury claim.

LaMarche Safranko Law Can Help

If you are are injured in a car accident while walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Skilled legal representation can help make sure you are compensated to the fullest extent possible, whether you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or settle out-of-court. If you are injured in the Capital Region – in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga or elsewhere in the Capital District – please call the personal injury lawyers of Lamarche Safranko Law PLLC  for a free consultation.

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