Bicyclists have equal rights on the road to motor vehicles, but their presence on the roadway can be a complication that results in occasional accidents.
Here are a few examples of some of the most common types of bike accidents.
- Intersection accidents: Intersection accidents are common when bicyclists are involved. Part of this is because drivers and cyclists alike forget that all parties must follow the rules of the road. Drivers must yield the right of way to cyclists, and vice versa. Cyclists might ride through stop signs despite another vehicle having he right of way, or drivers fail to notice cyclists waiting at intersections and proceed through. The best way to avoid these accidents is to clearly look out for other drivers or cyclists, to increase visibility (for cyclists) and to obey all signs and signals.
- Cars turning left: Failure to yield accidents at left turns are another common type of bike accident. Motorists turning left must yield to oncoming traffic if they do not have a protected turn. Drivers also tend to misjudge the speed of cyclists in these scenarios, which can cause accidents.
- Cars turning right: When cars turn right, they might fail to look in their blind spot and could cut off a bike that’s passing along in a bike lane. Drivers must use their mirrors and check to make sure the way is clear, especially if there is an active bike lane.
These are just a few examples of some common scenarios in which bikes and cars might get into accidents. To learn more about the steps you can take if you’ve been involved in such an accident, contact a trusted Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.