Although several laws and regulations exist to protect bicyclists’ use of the road and their right of way privileges, accidents still happen. It is estimated that one in 20 bicyclists are injured each year. Learn the common causes of bike accidents and how to protect yourself as a bicyclist on the road.
Top Causes of Bicycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top causes of injury to cyclists include:
- Struck by a car.
- Roadway in poor condition.
- Rider error.
- Collision with fixed object.
- Dog ran out into cyclist’s way.
Approximately one-third of bicycle accidents involve a collision with a motor vehicle. Bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle typically have the most serious injuries and consequences.
Bike accidents involving motor vehicles usually happen for one of three reasons:
- Drivers do not watch for or see bicyclists.
- Drivers do not respect bicyclists’ right to share the road.
- Bicyclists are inexperienced or uneducated.
According to the NHTSA, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. However, this right of way privilege may not protect bicyclists from getting in an accident with a vehicle. Distracted or intoxicated drivers, defective vehicles, poor visibility, road conditions, and more all contribute to cars striking bicyclists on the road.
Injured in a Bike Accident? Hire the Right Representation
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle, injuries may not present themselves right away. Some injuries, like traumatic brain injury (TBI), can take weeks or months to exhibit symptoms.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, we are passionate supporters of bicyclists’ rights. We are proud sponsors of Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), and our team of personal injury attorneys are here to fight for you.
If you or someone you care about has recently been injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, allow one of our personal injury lawyers to review your case. Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. at (202) 659-8600 for a free consultation today!