Bicycle riding is a popular recreation activity and a commuting method for many people. While there are many health and environmental benefits of bike riding, sharing the road can be challenging and dangerous. The CDC reports over 1000 fatalities and almost 500,000 people injured in bicycle accidents every year. There are some types of bicycle accidents that can be especially dangerous for riders.
Left-Hand Turn Bicycle Accidents
A common type of bicycle accident involves a motor vehicle colliding with a bicyclist making a left-hand turn. These accidents can cause devastating injuries, and even death, for the rider. Drivers have a responsibility to check all sides of traffic and give due regard for the safety of all before making a left-hand turn. However, drivers often fail to see a bicycle when making a left-hand turn because they are focused on the oncoming traffic and fail to check all sides. In that scenario, the driver may be held liable for the injuries.
Right-Hand Turn Bicycle Accidents
In this scenario, a cyclist who is riding on the right-hand side of the road is hit by a vehicle making a right turn. The driver may fail to look before making the turn, thus colliding with the cyclist. The driver in this case may be held liable for the accident.
Dooring Bicycle Accidents
“Dooring” refers to an accident in which the cyclist collides with the driver or passenger’s door, just as they are opening it. Statistics on the topic are rather scarce, as the police in most areas don’t specifically track this type of accident. In some places, however, dooring’s been brought into focus, and it’s turned out that it can’t be shrugged off. In 2011, for example, Chicago registered 344 injuries of cyclists who crashed into a sudden obstacle created by an unexpected opening of a car door. Dooring thus made for 19.7%, or almost a fifth of all cycling injuries. Drivers and passengers should check to see if a bicycle is approaching when exiting a vehicle.
Hit and Run Accident
A hit and run bicycle accident can be particularly devastating to the rider. In this case, often a negligent distracted driver or drunk driver hits a cyclist but fails to render aid and leaves the scene of the accident. In the event of a hit and run, it’s important to write down everything you remember about the accident and any witness contact information.
What to Do If You’ve Been Involved in a Bicycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, an experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you understand your options. At, Brandon J Broderick, Attorney at Law, we believe in compassion and empathy and want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. With our proven track record of success, we can get you the justice you deserve.