Riding bicycles is a fun and enjoyable activity for recreation, sport, or fitness. Unfortunately, bicyclists who travel our nation’s roadways also put themselves in great danger of being in an auto accident and suffering major injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicycle accidents with motor vehicles account for approximately 600 deaths per year in the United States. Unfortunately, the auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith have seen the pain, suffering, and other damage that a collision between a bicycle and a car can cause. We are here, with experience in bicycle accident claim and will help you maximize your claim and recovery.
Though we are dedicated to representing bicycle accident victims, the first priority should be to prevent bicycle accidents from happening in the first place. For that reaon, we have listed the top 4 reasons for auto and bicycle accidents:
- A bicyclist riding the wrong way in traffic: When you are walking on the street, it is recommended to walk facing traffic. This rule changes when you are on a bicycle, though, because bicycles are considered to be vehicles, too, and therefore should follow the same rules of the road as all other vehicles. Ride on the right side of the road, going with the flow of traffic to avoid head on collisions. If there is a marked bicycle lane, you should stay within that lane should traffic allow.
- Bicyclists failing to obey traffic lights and signs: As mentioned above, bicycles are considered vehicles and as such, must, by law, obey the rules of the road. This includes obeying traffic lights and stop signs. Bicyclists must stop at stop signs, stop at red lights, yield at yellow lights, and yield when there is a yield sign. Watch out for traffic signals and for extra precaution consider walking your bicycle across busy intersections.
- Motorists passing bicycles- Motorists often pass out bicycles and sometimes misjudge the room they have and by the time they see or realize that they may hit the bicyclist it is often too late to react. These collisions happen most often on narrow roadways, at night, and are usually caused by distracted or impaired drivers. If possible, avoid cycling in dark conditions, on narrow roads, and roads with a speed limit of 35 mph. If you do ride at night be sure to wear reflective gear or have lights on yourself or your bike.
These are only a few of the many countless scenarios that can cause bicycle accident. Always ensure you ride responsibly, wear a helmet, and do not drink and ride. You may think that riding a bike while intoxicated is much less dangerous than driving drunk, however bicycle accident can cause serious, serious injury. If you are injured, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible to talk to one of our dedicated Coweta County accident attorneys.