Common Situations That Lead To Bicycle Accidents

Dangerous accidents are trending and on the rise throughout the United States as biking continues to grow in popularity for economical and environmental reasons. The United States Department of Transportation reports that there are, on average, more than 800 cycling fatalities nationwide every year.

Biking and motorist advocates alike feel that educating the public about proper safety precautions can help reduce these accidents. Before you head out to work or to the corner store on your bike today, consider some of the recommended safety tips suggested below.

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a close up of a speedometer showing that the driver is speeding above 90 mph

Watch Your Speed

Speed increases the severity of property damage and injuries when in an automobile. This is also true for bicyclists. When factors like traffic and weather conditions interfere with your ability to control your bike, it’s important to slow down and take your time. You’ll help to minimize your chances of getting into an accident and lessen how seriously you might hurt yourself.

Pay Attention To Drivers And Yourself

Distraction is a top reason for just about any accident involving motorists and cyclists. If drivers have their attention drawn away from the road when changing a radio station or texting, you won’t receive a lot of warning. Pay attention to traffic movement, and don’t let yourself get distracted, either. Cyclists are guilty of some of the same behaviors that a regular motorist does.

bike lane view from the cyclist
bike lane view from the cyclist

Pay Attention To Drivers And Yourself

Distraction is a top reason for just about any accident involving motorists and cyclists. If drivers have their attention drawn away from the road when changing a radio station or texting, you won’t receive a lot of warning. Pay attention to traffic movement, and don’t let yourself get distracted, either. Cyclists are guilty of some of the same behaviors that a regular motorist does.

close up of a tire of a bike in the bike lane

Don’t Bend Traffic Laws

In most cities throughout New York, bicycles follow the same rules as any other vehicle on the road. This means following all traffic laws, signs, and lights, and not rolling through these areas for your own convenience. Many bike accidents happen as a direct consequence of not following these important safety rules, and you may have some liability in these circumstances.

Tailgating is Dangerous

When we learn how to drive, we’re taught that allowing for stopping distance between our vehicle and other cars is a critical practice. The same goes for bicycles since the force of momentum makes it nearly impossible to stop on a dime at a split second’s notice.

If riding a bike, never assume drivers around you will automatically leave enough space to safely maneuver around you.

Traffic Accidents
Traffic Accidents

Tailgating is Dangerous

When we learn how to drive, we’re taught that allowing for stopping distance between our vehicle and other cars is a critical practice. The same goes for bicycles since the force of momentum makes it nearly impossible to stop on a dime at a split second’s notice.

If riding a bike, never assume drivers around you will automatically leave enough space to safely maneuver around you.

rear view of bicyclist in the bike lane wearing a backpack

Use Caution in Confined Spaces

When riding in confined spaces like driveways, sidewalks, or even a bike lane, you will have less reaction time in a high-risk accident situation. Try to bike defensively through these areas and stay vigilant for unforeseen dangers like a car suddenly pulling through.

If You Are In A Bike Accident, Get An Attorney

It’s vital to protect yourself and your best interests if involved in a bicycle accident, especially when injured. You deserve the same care and compassion as a regular motorist on the road, and an experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve to begin recovering. Let the successful attorneys at The Barnes Firm show you what your options are and seek justice from those who negligently hurt you.

We are here to represent your best interests by seeking compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Property damage;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages and ability to work;
  • Household assistance if you cannot perform tasks any longer;
  • Transportation costs going to and from a doctor’s appointment ;

At The Barnes Firm, we assist you by building your personal injury claim with all of the relevant facts surrounding your devastating accident experience. Whether you need medical bills paid or suffered the loss of a family member in a bicycle collision, we are here to support and represent you every step of the way. As recognized Super Lawyers, we have demonstrated time and again our ability to get large settlements. This has made us members of the Million Dollars Advocates Forums and has attracted some of the best talent in New York & California to our law firm.

Don’t delay learning more about what actions are available to take in response to your severe injuries. Contact us for a free consultation.

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