Bicycle crashes sometimes cause catastrophic injuries and damages. Unfortunately, bicyclists do not have the same protection as motorists such as vehicle frames and seatbelts. These accidents occur far too often, and the statistics show just how dangerous it is for bicyclists when motorists are negligent in their actions.
In 2019, 846 people died because of cycling related accidents. In 2017, roughly 21% of all fatal bike crashes occurred between 6:00 P.M. and 8:59 P.M and in terms of age groups, people aged 50 – 54 made up 5.05% of all cycling fatalities while 55 – 59 made up 4.54% of deaths.
It is essential for all cyclists to inform themselves on how to stay safe while riding.
Below, we'll help you understand the following:
- The most common causes
- The parties most often at fault
- The most common bicycle accident locations
The Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Staying safe means recognizing common causes of bicycle accidents, including the following:
- Speeding and distractions: Speeding and distractions cause several types of crashes, but victims can also include bicyclists traveling through intersections.
- Drivers who merge into bike lanes: Far too often, drivers merge into bike lanes too quickly before making a right turn or they are distracted, and it leads to them swerving into the bike lane.
- Driveway accidents: Bicyclists can be seriously injured by motorists failing to look when pulling out of driveways.
- Dooring accidents: Due to the placement of bicycle lanes, cyclists are often injured because a driver or passenger in a parked vehicle fails to look for oncoming traffic and opens their door in front of a cyclist.
The Most Common Parties At Fault In a Bicycle Accident
We know that drivers are most often the parties who are responsible for bicycle accidents. However, other parties may hold liability for their negligence. For instance, potholes or lifted concrete can make property owners liable for any injuries that occur.
More often than not, though, it's a vehicle driver who is at fault for the crash. Whenever this type of crash happens, the bicyclist can take legal action to pursue compensation for the damages they sustain, including all medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
The Most Common Bicycle Accident Locations
For many bicyclists, knowing where to ride can help keep them safe. It's easy to understand how most bicycle accidents occur in busy streets, but you can break it down further than that. Here are some of the more common locations where bicycle accidents occur:
- Intersections, especially when drivers are distracted, drunk, or speeding.
- Busy roads with bike lanes that sit close to cars.
- Residential areas with driveways and sidewalks with cracks and uplifted slabs.
As necessary as it is for drivers to avoid bicyclists, it's just as crucial for bicyclists to recognize the various ways they can stay safe.
If a driver causes you harm, know that you have various rights to pursue legal action against the responsible party. Taking steps to protect your rights allows you to pursue the maximum compensation available to you. Our team at AgnewBrusavich works hard to provide you with the highest quality representation possible.
Our Torrance bicycle accident attorneys go above and beyond to pursue compensation when you need it most. We have represented hundreds of cyclists who suffered harm ranging from minor to catastrophic injuries.
We commit to your maximum compensation and justice. Let us be your guides through complex legal matters, using over 100 years of experience to take on negligence and safeguard your rights moving forward.
Call our firm today at (310) 928-9081 and discover your rights. We offer free consultations, so you can get a better idea of what comes next.