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Common Types of Bicycle Accidents & How to Prevent Them

Posted By Schneider Overett || 26-May-2016

Bicycling is more than a mode of transportation, especially in seaside communities like Huntington Beach. It’s a pastime common for residents and tourists as well. Although bicycling is an efficient, eco-friendly way to get around, it can lead to serious accidents and injuries.

Here a few ways to stay safe as a cyclists this summer:

  • Cars pulling out of side streets, drives, and parking lots – Research suggests this situation is one of the most common types of bicycle accident. To avoid being hit, ride with a headlight, make eye contact with the driver, wave, slow down, or ride farther to the left. While these actions can’t guarantee your safety, they can make you more visible to automobile drivers and decrease the chances of an accident.
  • Car doors opening suddenly into the street – This problem is especially prevalent in busy areas with street parking. Unfortunately, this type of accident is all too common. According to safety research, the best way to avoid this type of crash is to ride far enough to the left that, in the event of an opening car door, you would have time to swerve or completely avoid the collision without swerving.
  • Cars making right-hand turns while a bicyclist is in the crosswalk – Like most bicycle / automobile accidents this situation is dangerous only when the automobile fails to see you. Increasing your visibility to other drivers can significantly decrease the likelihood of an accident. Common remedies include: avoid riding on the sidewalk, slowing down, making eye contact with drivers, and using a headlight for your bike.
  • Bicyclists riding against traffic and causing an accident – Riding against traffic (riding on the left side of the street) is highly dangerous. Some bicyclists, particularly inexperienced ones, prefer the left side of the road because they can see oncoming cars. In reality, a vehicle turning into your lane could easily hit you because drivers don’t check for wrong way traffic while pulling onto the street. Stay out of the wrong lane to avoid these types of accidents.

Bicycle Accident Victims Have Rights

After an accident, you can seek compensation from the responsible party. If a negligent motorist caused your bicycle accident and any injuries associated with it, speak with a Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer from Schneider Overett today.

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