Bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle can be devastating, and the injuries sustained in these accidents can be life-altering. Bicycles offer very little protection in the event of an accident, even when the rider is wearing a helmet. Bikes do not have seat belts, airbags, or any additional safety measures to protect the body in the case of a collision. What are some common causes of bicycle accidents? We will discuss just that below.
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, there are specific times of the day and places where bicycle accidents are more likely to occur. For instance, 75 percent of accidents happen in urban areas, and bicyclist’s deaths most often occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In terms of the causes of bike accidents, there are several that stand out. Inattentive riding or driving can cause a bicycle accident, whether riding a bike or driving a car. Just as drivers can become distracted by devices in their cars, so can bicyclists. Some cyclists look down at their smartphones or other mobile technology while riding. Texting, emailing, web surfing and, other mobile device usage while riding have become a serious public health threat. Being an inattentive bike rider can put you at serious risk. Conversely, those who operate a motor vehicle while distracted are a danger to bicyclists. Distracted driving of any kind is bad news.
Speeding can be dangerous and may cause accidents. Serious bicycle injuries and deaths are linked to the rate of speed. Road conditions, terrain, weather conditions, and other vehicles on the road are all factors that should be considered when determining a safe speed to travel while riding.
Riding too close to other traffic on the road can be dangerous as well. Drivers in motor vehicles should give bicyclists space on the road, especially if there is no bike lane. However, this does not always happen. Bicyclists should never assume car drivers will leave them plenty of space to safely operate their bike.
Not following traffic signals and signs on the road can lead to bicycle accidents. Bike riders are supposed to follow the rules of the road just like motor vehicles operators should. When they do not, bicyclists can be unpredictable on the road and cause accidents with motor vehicles. Likewise, operators of motor vehicles who do not follow traffic signals and stop signs can cause accidents with bicyclists.
Riding a bike in a confined area, like a parking lot or in a driveway can potentially lead to bicycle accidents. Sidewalks, parking lot lanes, and driveways tend to be more confined than roads so there can be less time to avoid an accident and a higher risk of an incident. Riding in these areas can require extra caution and a proactive approach. Bicyclists should be looking out for people opening doors in front of them, as this is also a common cause of bicycle accidents. If you’re riding a bike for transportation, sport, or leisure, it is important to follow the rules of the road and be aware of your surroundings.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, the accident injury attorneys at William Mattar law offices are available to review your case. Contact a bicycle accident lawyer at William Mattar 24/7. 844-444-4444.