Navigating the streets of Oklahoma via bicycle is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation, but it does not come without its dangers. Many people are attracted to how easy it is to get around the city on bike, as well as the eco-friendliness of ditching your car for a bicycle.
Whether you are choosing to use a bicycle to get to work, to meet friends for a picnic in the park, or to simply get out and enjoy your surroundings, it is important to always follow proper safety procedures. With more and more bicycles on the road, the likelihood of collisions with cars, pedestrians, or other cyclists is higher.
Bikes and Cars
Bicyclists suffer a shocking number of serious injuries and fatalities in accidents involving motor vehicles, most of which are due to distraction or negligence on the part of the driver. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 49,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents across the United States. Of those, 726 were fatalities. These numbers go to show how critical it is for cyclists to look both ways, ride with caution, and always wear a helmet.
As most bike riders can attest to, operators of cars and trucks oftentimes do not pay attention to their surroundings, especially when it comes to sharing the road with cyclists. They fail to look for cyclists before making turns or other moves that may endanger the bike rider’s life. Some of the most common causes of bike-car related accidents include the following:
- Failure of drivers to check their blind spot before changing lanes
- Making right turns directly in front of oncoming bicyclists
- Sideswiping bike riders traveling on the shoulder
- Opening car doors in front of bike riders
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and making erratic moves
- Pulling out from driveways or side streets without looking
Sadly, many drivers are angry about having to share the road with those traveling on two wheels. This is one of the leading causes of bike-car related injuries that can be extremely serious in some cases.
Fortunately as a cyclist, you have the same rights to the road as those traveling in cars, which means that you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries if you find yourself involved in an accident with a distracted driver.
Here at Atkins & Markoff, we understand how devastating a bicycle accident can be and are committed to doing everything we can to help you recover damages and get back on your bike.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, give us a call today. We will go over your case with you one-on-one and gather all the information we need in order to file a lawsuit that will ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve.