More Americans are bicycling to commute, to get exercise, or just for fun. When cars fail to safely share the road with bicyclists, dangerous accidents can occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 840 bicyclists were killedin motor vehicle accidents in 2015 alone. Thousands more were injured. When a crash occurs between a car and bicyclist, it is the cyclist who is most likely to be injured.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
When an accident involves a car and a bicycle, it is typically the driver of the car that is at fault. Drivers need to be aware of bicyclists on the road and act accordingly. Some common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Being Hit with an Open Door–when a bicyclist is hit by an open door on a vehicle, the effects can be devastating. Drivers have an obligation to check around them before opening the vehicle door.
- Intersection Accidents–drivers must exercise due care when entering an intersection to avoid a collision with a bicycle. It is common for a car to make a left turn in front of a cyclist, ignoring the right of way. Bicyclists should also yield the right of way when necessary.
- Right Turns in Front of a Cyclist--drivers should pay attention and be aware of their surroundings, especially when making turns. A right turn in front of a cyclist can be deadly.
- Rear-ending a Cyclist—sometimes bicyclists have to ride in the road with cars when there are no bike lanes available. Cars should leave plenty of stopping room in front of them and keep in mind that cyclists can’t always keep up the pace.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
An accident that involves a vehicle and a bicycle will come with certain common injuries. Typically, the bicyclist involved in the accident will be hit by the car and then will hit the pavement. This can result in blunt force trauma to the body. Common bicycle accident injuries that result include:
- Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- Facial fractures and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Damage to internal organs
- Other soft tissue injuries
Contact an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you should contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have the experience you need and are here to help. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.