How Do Bicycle Accidents Happen?
Now that the Spring season is upon us, more people are out and about taking advantage of the warmer weather with a bike ride. Whether out for a leisurely ride, exercise, or as a choice of transportation, bike riders are at a high risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries after being involved in a bicycle crash. Here are the common causes of bicycle accidents every bicyclist should know.
Distracted driving has become increasingly common due to smartphones and other electronic devices. When drivers are texting or talking on the phone while operating their vehicle, they take their eyes off the road and won’t see a bicyclist coming their way. Some other examples of distracted driving include:
- Grooming while driving (combing hair, putting on makeup)
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Tending to other passengers in the car (children in the backseat)
- Changing the radio station
- Entering routes in a GPS device
Drivers Failing to Yield
Many drivers do not fully understand their responsibilities when it comes to sharing the road with bicyclists. Drivers must yield to bicyclists on the roadway. Bicyclists also have the right-of-way at an intersection.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Cities have a duty to keep roads well-maintained, but we have all seen too many roads far from being in the best shape. From pothole-riddled streets to poorly maintained bike lanes, bicyclists can be at risk when riding over surfaces that can cause them to lose control of their bike. Sewer grates and railroad tracks can also pose an injury risk to riders.
Riding at Night
If you must ride at night, it’s critical to wear reflective gear and have reflectors attached to your bicycle to ensure your visibility. Driving on poorly lit or dark roads can put you at risk of being struck by a driver.
Need a Kansas City Bicycle Accident Lawyer? We Are Here For You.
Even when you do everything you can to stay safe while biking on the road, a bicycle accident can happen in the blink of an eye. When motorists don’t pay attention and are distracted, a severe injury can be the result. If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another party, we can help. Our experienced attorneys are here for you every step of the way.
Call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 816-888-8888 to speak with an attorney about your potential case. We are offering consultations via phone, email, and video conferencing for your convenience.