There’s a big difference between riding your bicycle on a country road and a city setting. While bicycle commuting is on the rise, you don’t want to hit the road until you’re familiar with the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Understanding the most common causes of bicycle accidents can help prevent trouble. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Opening doors: Don’t lose sight of the fact that someone parked on the side of the road could open their door into your lane of travel. Striking a door head on, especially at a high rate of speed, can cause serious injury or even death.
  • Distraction resulting in a rear-end accident: This often occurs when a bicyclist is stopped at a red light or stop sign. If the driver behind you isn’t paying attention, they could strike you. Even if the vehicle is moving slowly, any contact is more than enough to cause an injury.
  • Right hook: This typically occurs when a vehicle passes you when traveling the same direction, then makes a right turn. If there’s not enough space between your bicycle and the turning vehicle, you’re at risk of a collision. Protect against this by taking an abundance of caution as you approach intersections.
  • A vehicle makes a left turn in front of you: This most commonly occurs when you’re traveling straight through an intersection, while a driver is looking to make a right turn. If they misjudge your speed, two things could happen: The vehicle could strike you as you enter the intersection, or you could strike the vehicle if you’re unable to stop in time.

If you’re injured in any type of bicycle accident, regardless of the cause, it’s critical to move to safety and call 911. You should also attempt to administer first aid to any injuries.

Once you receive treatment and have a clear understanding of your injuries, learn more about the cause of the accident and the steps you can take to seek compensation from the negligent party. You have legal rights as a victim in a car-bicycle accident, so don’t hesitate to protect yourself.

Visit our website for more information on bicycle accidents and the legal matters often associated with them.

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