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Falling Off Your Bicycle

Chapter 3


From: Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law


In Falling Off Your Bicycle Waters examines what happens when a cyclist is injured and the laws governing these instances by outlining the criminal or civil liability issues that may arise from a collision or crash. This chapter discusses topics including the risks involved in riding a bicycle, interactions between cyclists and motorists, civil liability surrounding various forms of bicycle crashes, the mechanics of a crash scene, crime and punishment for dangerous driving or careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, “road rage”, cyclists and criminal culpability, apportioned liability, and accidents caused by negligent governments.



Christopher Waters

Chris Waters is a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. He is a longtime commuter and recreational cyclist, and former Chair of the Windsor Bicycling Committee. Called to the Ontario bar in 1996, Chris holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and McGill University. He has been a visiting scholar in the Netherlands and France. He writes about international law when not on his bike or researching cycling history and law. @profcwaters