Every year, hundreds of bicyclists are killed in car accidents, and thousands more are injured. Obviously, bicyclists are far more likely to be injured than the car. The road to recovery is often painful, expensive and traumatic. If you’ve been injured in a bike vs. car accident, you may be able to pursue a claim of negligence.
Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just use it to get some fresh air and exercise, it’s important that you understand the top causes of bicycle accidents in Ohio and how to avoid them.
- Distracted driving. Some drivers simply don’t pay attention. They might be texting and driving, talking on the phone or trying to handle unruly children. Distracted driving is the leading cause of all accidents, not just those involving bicycles. As a cyclist, try to give yourself plenty of space and pay attention to the cars around you.
- Failing to leave enough space. Drivers are supposed to leave at least three feet of space when passing a cyclist, but often do not. This puts the cyclist in a position where it’s much harder to avoid collisions or driving off the side of the road. Installing mirrors on your bike or helmet can help you keep an eye on careless drivers coming from behind.
- Unsafe lane changes and turns. Some drivers simply do not look before making a lane change or turning in front of a bike. Even when the light is green, they’re still supposed to look to make sure the coast is clear. Be cautious when coming up on turns, and be aware that drivers may recklessly move into the bike lane without looking.
- Driving under the influence. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another leading cause of accidents, often with deadly consequences. However, bicyclists can be guilty of this, too. Make sure that you never drive and ride—and install the appropriate safety lights and reflective gear to make your bike visible at night.
- Running red lights or stop signs. Both drivers and cyclists can be guilty of this one. Give vehicles an ample amount of space, and watch intersections carefully to ensure the driver will stop.
No matter how a bicycle accident occurred, it’s important that you speak with an attorney before the statute of limitations runs out. An experienced lawyer can help you recoup your medical costs, lost wages and more.
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