When the chances for good weather are high, many people go for bike rides
or use a bicycle as a means to run errands. While it is one of the healthiest
modes of transportation, it can also be very dangerous. Of course, it
is important that bicyclists do everything in their power to ride safely
and not out themselves in harm’s way. However, one person can only
control his or her own actions. Unfortunately, because cyclists are much
smaller than other vehicles, they are often caught in a drivers’
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013,
743 people were killed in bike accidents, while a remaining 44,704 people
were injured in these accidents. Although these reports do not state how
these bicycle accidents were caused, it can be assumed that a majority
of the fatalities involved motor vehicles. Although bicycle accidents
can be avoided by the cyclist is some cases, many of these accidents are
due to negligent drivers.
Below is a list of some common ways bicycle accidents can occur and cause
harm or death to cyclists.
- In these kinds of accidents, a driver may be distracted cognitively, physically,
or visually, leaving that driver unable to react if necessary.
- These kinds of accidents occur when drivers are driving under the influence
of alcohol and misjudge a cyclist’s distance or fail to see a cyclist at all.
- These kind of accidents occur when a driver of a car is maneuvering the
vehicle in dangerous, negligent ways. An example of this would be a driver
who is exceeding the speed limit while weaving in and out of traffic,
leaving the driver unable to avoid a cyclist if need be.
- Because buses are constantly using the shoulders of the road in order to
make stops, they must enter bike zones on a regular basis. Sometimes,
a cyclist may be in the bus driver’s blind spot and when the bus
driver merges over, he does not account for the cyclist and may hit the cyclist.
Should I Travel by Bicycle?
Despite the dangers of traveling by bicycle, cycling is a great habit and
form of transportation. However, it is extremely important to remember
you are sharing the road with larger and faster vehicles. Keeping an eye
on the vehicles surrounds you, looking both ways before crossing an intersection,
and being mindful of areas behind you may help you avoid a bicycle accident.
If You Are Involved in a Bicycle Accident
If you are a cyclist and have been involved in an accident due to the negligence
of another driver and vehicle, it is extremely important that you seek
legal representation right away. A skilled attorney can explore the details
of your case and develop every facet of your claim or lawsuit. Furthermore,
you may receive compensation for any medical expenses and other damages
you may face as a result of the accident.
The Huntington Beach bike accident attorneys at Schneider Overett are passionate about seeking justice for accident
victims. Our staff is available around the clock and are here to answer
any of your questions.
Call the bike accident lawyers at Schneider Overett today to seek justice and maximum compensation!