In recent years the bicycle has become a popular mode of transportation, whether you are commuting to work or simply using it to get around the city quicker. However, cycling can also be extremely dangerous, especially in areas that do not have designated bike lanes.
A large majority of cycling accidents take place because of distracted vehicle drivers and the failure to take proper safety measures. Bike accidents can also be the fault of the bicyclist himself or even pedestrians. Because of this, it is important for bicyclists to take the time to become familiar with the rules of the road and their rights.
By taking proper safety precautions, bicyclists will be at a much lower risk of becoming involved in a serious or deadly accident. These cases differ from car or motorcycle accidents and it is therefore important to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer who understands the legal process. Below you will find more information on why bike accidents take place and what some of the most common reasons for them are.
The Most Common Bike Accidents
Bike accidents can take place for a host of reasons. Some of the most common include the following:
- The motorist makes a right turn in front of the bicyclist
- The motorist makes a left turn at a non-dedicated intersection
- The bicyclist or motorist fails to stop at a red light or stop sign
- The vehicle or bicycle passes on the right
- The motor vehicle driver or passenger opens the door into the bicyclist’s path
- The bicyclist comes across roadway conditions, such as potholes, loose debris, poor pavement transitions, or overgrown foliage
- The bicyclist rides against traffic
- The bicyclist fails to use lights in the dark
- Defects on the bike, such as loose bolts, cracked frame, or faulty brakes
- The bicyclist is riding faster than the speed limit
Keep in mind this list is not exhaustive and there are numerous other reasons a bike accident may take place.
Many of the causes for bike accidents are not the bicyclist’s fault, which is why it is important to be prepared and safely outfitted. Here is a look at some of the most important safety measures bicyclist’s can take in order to reduce their chance of injury in the event of an accident:
- Always wear a helmet
- Inspect your bike before every ride for loose parts
- Know the rules of the road
- Maximize visibility
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Be prepared to brake at intersections
- Ride defensively
- Obey traffic signals and road signs
- Ride with traffic
- Avoid riding on busy public sidewalks
We understand that even the most careful bicyclists may be involved in an accident that was not their fault. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact a personal injury lawyer from Atkins & Markoff today.