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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 2018, there were 857 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 in Sacramento while cycling on the road.

Bicycling Accidents: Factors That Cause Bike Cycling Crashes

In this guide:

Bicycling Accidents Due to Other Motorists

Bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles on the road.

Bicycling accidents that involve other motorists include the motorist turning left or right in front of the bike and rear-end collisions.

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 collisions happen when a car rear-ends a stopped or slower bicyclist or when a bicyclist hits a car who suddenly stops.

To avoid crashes with motorists, bicyclists must be focused and alert on the road. Below are some safety tips that bicyclists should do to avoid a potential crash:

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Obey all street signals, signs and road markings.
  • Never assume the driver can see you.
  • Look ahead for potentially hazardous situations that can cause an accident.
  • Don't text or listen to music when you're on the road.

In the video below, a car failing to see a bicyclist leaves little room to avoid a serious collision.

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. 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. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, reach out to a Sacramento bicycle accident lawyer for your legal options.

The following video explains how to avoid potholes and rough roads.

Biking Accidents Due to Bicycle Defect

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.

Hundreds of bicycles are recalled every year due to defects of the:

  • Frames
  • Suspension forks
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Other bike parts that fail or break
A Sacramento bicycle accident lawyer can help you file a products liability claim against the manufacturer.

The video below describes how a defective gear changer can cause problems with the bicycle.

Bicycle Safety and Education

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.

Bicyclists can also improve their riding skills to prevent accidents. Riding your bike safely in traffic requires the same preparation as driving a car. Start by riding your bicycle in a safe location, such as a park or empty parking lot. You can also take a bike riding class. Most classes are offered through your school, local bike shop, recreation department or bike advocacy group.

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.

If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, reach out to a Sacramento bicycle accident lawyer for legal advice. Most attorneys offer free consultations.

Learn more about bicycle safety in this video from BikeBlogger:

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.12.20]

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