4 July, 2022
Bicycles are ideal for navigating heavy traffic and congested city streets. Unfortunately, riding a bike isn’t always the safest way to get to work. Each year, the city reports numerous deaths and serious injuries related to bicycle accidents. If you use two wheels to get around, these are the five main causes of bike accidents. We also have some tips on how to avoid getting into one.
Distracted driving and riding is a top cause of bike accidents and car accidents everywhere in the world. A cyclist experiences countless distractions including:
Cell phones and mobile devices are a major cause of distraction as well. Any time a cyclist or driver takes their eyes off the road, the chances of an accident significantly increase.
Following the rules of the road on a bike is just as important as following the rules of the road in a car. Forgetting to signal is one of the top causes of bike accidents. The driver of a vehicle is required to use turn signals whenever they change lanes or turn a corner, and a cyclist is required to use signals as well. Other important rules of the road that cyclists should follow include:
It only takes one time not obeying the rules of the road or traffic signals to cause a major accident that results in serious injury or even death.
Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of bike accidents is road hazards. Common road hazards include:
When riding a bike, it’s essential to exercise caution at all times. Defensive riders are always prepared to stop and give themselves ample time to react to unexpected occurrences. Even if you pay attention to the road and prepare yourself for the worst, however, accidents can happen. When they do, having a trustworthy and competent bike accident attorney on your side is the key to success.
Early morning, early evening, and late at night are the worst times of day for cyclists. When the sun is rising and setting, visibility is impaired and it’s difficult to see bikes on the road. It’s always in a cyclist’s best interest to wear clothing and gear that reflects light and makes it easier to see them in the dark. Riders who do not wear reflective vests or have lights and reflectors installed on their bikes are more likely to get into an accident than riders who do.
Before you head out on your bike, prepare yourself for a safe ride by preparing for these common hazards. If you learn the rules of the road, dress appropriately, and pay attention while you ride, the chances increase that you’ll avoid a bike accident. Some bike accidents, unfortunately, are unavoidable. When you find yourself involved in a bike accident, the first thing you should do after seeking medical care is to contact a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.
The Barnes Firm is a trusted source of legal representation for bike accidents. We are committed to winning you the settlement you deserve for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Schedule a consultation to learn how we can represent you and your case. Call our office or contact us online today.
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