Bicycle Accidents are very common. To save on gas expenses, help the environment and improve fitness, many people have begun to use bicycles for transportation.
Unfortunately, many motorists are not aware of or do not respect a bike rider’s rights on the roads. And by the same token, bicyclists do not realize they are supposed to obey the same traffic laws as other motorists.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, call a personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002.
Common Bicycle Accidents
Often a bike accident is caused by a motorist not paying attention while driving his vehicle. Here are some common types of collisions that a cyclist may be injured in:
- A motor vehicle driver turns directly in front of a bicyclist
- An automobile driver enters the street from a driveway or parking spot by pulling out into traffic in front of the bicyclist
- A motorist fails to yield at an intersection or runs a stop sign or red light
- A vehicle driver is inattentive while driving past a bicyclist
- An automobile driver fails to look both ways when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign
- An automobile driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Bike riders should be defensive while traveling on the road. The best way to avoid a potential accident is to be remain aware of your surroundings and keep on the lookout for inattentive drivers.
Bicycle Safety Tips
- All young bike riders should wear a helmet.
- Children should learn the appropriate hand signals for making turns, etc. (Parents should teach only hand signals – not hand gestures!)
- If possible, bicycles should not be ridden after dark. If you are riding at night, make sure your bicycle is equipped with headlights, taillights, reflective tape and wear clothing that can be easily seen.
- Avoid carrying backpacks or other accessories that could get tangled in the spokes or chain.
- Always ride on the proper side of the road and with the flow of traffic. Motorists react to other vehicles who are following the same rules.
- Do not ride a bicycle after drinking alcohol. Your judgment is severely impaired and your reduced reaction time can most certainly result in a collision.
Remember, bicycle accidents with motor vehicles can be catastrophic to the bicyclist. No matter what age, you should wear a helmet.
Safety tips for motor vehicle drivers:
- If you are sharing a lane with a bicyclist and you are planning to turn right at an intersection, you must yield to the bicyclist.
- You may not drive in a designated bike lane unless you are going to turn off the road immediately.
- There are many newer traffic laws concerning bicycles and ignorance of the laws does not protect you against negligence if you injure a bicyclist.
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