There are many factors that can contribute to bicycle accidents. While handling bicycle accident cases, our experienced attorneys at The Barnes Firm have found the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
Many bicycle accidents can be traced back to a distracted driver. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road, including texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, and many more. Distracted driving is a leading cause of both bicycle and motor vehicle accidents across the United States.
When a motor vehicle driver speeds, they are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid a collision with a cyclist. It is important for drivers to always obey speed limits and be extra careful and extra cautious when driving near a bicycle.
Failure to Yield
Bicyclists have the same right to the road as motor vehicles, but often negligent motorists fail to yield to bicyclists, especially at intersections. Motor vehicle drivers must always recognize oncoming bicyclists on the road.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence slows reaction times, impairs judgement and decision-making skills, and reduces coordination. It’s also illegal in all 50 states. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol increases the risk of accidents and injuries.
This occurs when a bicyclist hits a door that is opened in their path. It is important that a vehicle driver always check their mirrors and look out their windows before opening their door.
Following a bicyclist too closely can be extremely dangerous. If a bicyclist needs to stop suddenly and a car is following too closely, a rear-end accident can occur.
Poor Road Conditions
Uneven or poorly maintained roads, potholes, construction, and debris can cause bicyclists to lose control of their vehicles.
If you or a loved one have been hit by a car or other motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 to get the justice you deserve.