While bicycling can be a fun and healthy alternative to driving, it’s also somewhat dangerous when all drivers don’t share the road as they should. By informing yourself of proper bicycle safety laws and the common causes of cycling accidents, you may help prevent and avoid accidents in the future. In the event you have already been injured as the result of an accident, taking the proper steps to handle your healthcare, insurance claims, and medical bills is of the utmost importance
An accident/collision involving a bicyclist and a car, truck or motorcycle usually results in a bicycle injury that can be anywhere from minor to catastrophic. As more people are choosing to ride their bicycles to work, school or for recreational sport, these types of bike accidents are becoming more common.
There are many causes of bike accidents. A few common examples include, extreme weather conditions, poor road conditions, reckless motorists and also, intoxicated drivers. A bicycle injury may also be the result of either the rider or cyclist failing to yield the right-of-way or either of them making an unexpected turn that puts them in a collision path with the other. Bicyclists and also motorists must follow the same rules of the road. In some cases, a few bike and vehicle involved accidents may have been avoided altogether if both bicycle riders and also, motorists paid more attention to their surroundings and avoided distractions, such as talking on the phone.
The most common types of personal injury claims that follow a bicycle accident include motorist fault or manufacturer fault and Include:
- A motorist hitting a cyclist through sideswipe or rear collision
- A vehicle turning right in front of a shouldered cyclist
- A motorist turning left in front of an oncoming cyclist
- Bicycle equipment failure
The most dangerous time of the day for cyclists is dusk, as one-third of all accident fatalities occur between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is likely due to the high volume of traffic on the road, as well as poor visibility and lighting. Other serious factors include driving under the influence, aggressive driving, and failure to share the road. In addition to the fatalities, another 49,000 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle involved traffic accidents in 2017. That number has increased nearly 9 percent since 2001, and the rate does not appear to be slowing anytime soon. Surprisingly, as low as 10 percent of hospitalized injury victims get in contact with the police.
While the average age of cycling accident victims is increasing, 9 percent of those killed and 20 percent of those injured in 2012 were children age 15 or younger.
If you or a family member have been hurt while riding your bike, and a personal injury claim is appropriate, you can trust in our years of experience with these difficult cases to help you navigate through this difficult process to a fantastic result.