Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Around 20 percent of all Americans over 18 rides a bike on a regular basis, with 77% of bicycle riders being male. But for a bicyclist, he or she will face several risks when riding a bike on the road.
In 2017, there were 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the nation. When an accident happens between a bike and a vehicle, it’s the bicyclist who is most likely injured.
Here are some common factors that can cause bike accidents while cycling on the road.Bicycling Accidents: Factors That Cause Bike Cycling Crashes
In this guide:
- Bicycling Accidents Due To Other Motorists
- Bike Accidents Involving Other Factors
- Biking Accidents Due To Bicycle Defect
Bicycling accidents that involve other motorists include the motorist turning left or right in front of the bike and rear-end collisions. In the video below, a car failing to see a bicyclist leaves little room to avoid a serious collision.
Many motorists turn from a middle lane, and the bicyclist gets caught between the turning car and the curb. On the other hand, rear-end collision happen when a car rear-ends a stopped or slower bicyclist or when a bicyclist hits a car who suddenly stops.Bike Accidents Due to Other Factors
Apart from other motorists, other factors can also cause bike accidents. Four percent of bicycling accidents happen when a dog is chasing a bicyclist.
Additionally, roadway defects also cause many serious crashes, as shown in the video below. In these cases, it is especially important to move quickly. For example, in California, a bicyclist must file claims against government entities within 180 days.
As seen in the video below, many serious bicycle accidents can be caused by a defective component during the bike's assembly process. In short, the negligence of other drivers, road defects, or manufacturing problems can cause serious bicycle accidents.Bicycle Safety
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to bicycling accidents. However, bike riders may prevent them by implementing the necessary precautions for safety.
Riding a bike on the road has certain risks involved, but having the knowledge of some common causes of bike accidents can definitely aid in avoiding them from happening. Learn more about them in this video from BikeBlogger:Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer
I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento bicycle accident attorney. There are multiple factors that can lead to bicycling accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, call me anytime at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 for free, friendly advice.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.22.19]