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How to stay safe while cycling near a dog

| Jun 7, 2021 | Bicycle Accidents

Riding your bike can be an excellent way to have fun on a sunny California afternoon. However, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times, and this may be especially true if you’re riding in close proximity to a dog as canines have an instinct to chase things that move at a high rate of speed.

What to do if a dog is chasing after you

If you see that a dog is running behind you while riding your bike, it may be a good idea to simply stop cycling. Doing so may be enough to cause the animal to lose interest in you and start chasing after something else. Alternatively, the dog might come to a stop long enough for its owner to regain control of it.

What happens if you’re hurt by a dog while riding your bike?

California law on dog bites places strict liability on dog owners to prevent their animals from attacking people. Therefore, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages or other damages even if the canine that attacked you had no previous history of aggression. It’s important to note that you might also be entitled to compensation if a canine’s actions caused you to fall off of your bike or to collide with another person or object.

If you are injured because of dog owner negligence, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney. A legal representative may be able to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your personal injury case in a timely manner. This may be done by using medical records, witness statements or other evidence to bolster the claim that your injuries were the result of an unprovoked attack by a poorly supervised animal.