Bicycle Accident Information and Safety
Although summer has roughly a month left, it doesn’t mean that we can forget about looking for cyclists on the road. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, there are around 800 deaths per year resulting from bicycle-related automobile accidents. This is accompanied by nearly 50,000 injuries ranging from mere bruises and cuts to broken bones to severe head trauma. By taking a more in-depth look at the common causes of bicycle accident injuries, we can all perhaps be more alert while on the road. Below are some of the most common reasons that a vehicle and a bike will crash into one another.
Distracted operation of a bicycle
In a previous article this month, we have talked about when it comes to the dangers of distracted driving—operating a bicycle while distracted is also dangerous. Operators are likely to use their cell phones while riding to quickly send a text or change a song they are listening to.
Incorrect positioning by the bike or car
Utah has a 3-foot cycling rule that mandates that motor vehicle operators provide at least 3 feet between their car and the cyclist when they are passing them. When this is not appropriately done, the vehicle is likely to sideswipe a cyclist, especially on tight turns. Drivers can also open their passenger or driver side doors without thinking of looking for a cyclist. Suddenly, a collision could have been avoided had someone taken a second look before they opened their door. Finally, drivers can sometimes rear-end a cyclist because they are either not paying attention or were following way too close at a stop sign.
Additional factors such as speeding and weather
There is a culmination of things that can cause an accident on the highway, freeways, or residential areas. When either the driver or the cyclist is driving too fast for conditions, an accident is more likely to happen. It is also important to note that most cycling accidents occur between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM regardless of the location. This is likely due to more limited visibility due to low levels of light. There is also an increase in alcohol use during this time. In fact, in over 35% of all cycling accidents, alcohol was a factor in one way or another.
When a cyclist or a pedestrian has been hit by a car, the results are often far worse than when two vehicles collide. Victims of the crash often find themselves in a difficult position, trying to recover physically and financially. If you or a loved one has been involved in a cycling-related auto accident in Utah, you have legal options. Contact The Law Offices of Roberto Hernandez today to speak with a legal professional and request a consultation.
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