Bicycle Accident Prevention

While bicycle accidents have seen a steady decline in the past few years, an average of just under two people per day were still killed in bicycle accidents as recently as 2009. And although bicycle-related deaths decreased by 17 percent from 1998 to 2009, the number of bicycle-related injuries only decreased by four percent during that same timeframe.

A few common types of bicycle accidents drive the above statistics. Some of these include the following:

  • A bicyclist either gets hit by or runs into a car that is pulling out of a side street, driveway, parking lot, etc. and turning left from the right of the cyclist.
  • A driver opens a car door in front of a bicyclist who cannot stop in time to prevent impact.
  • A bicyclist is crossing the street in a crosswalk and a car turns into the crosswalk and hits the bicyclist.
  • A bicyclist is riding on the left side of the road against traffic and a driver making a turn from a side street doesn't notice the bicyclist.
  • A bicyclist is riding on the right side of a car; the driver doesn't see the bicyclist and makes a right turn directly into the bicyclist.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

Many safety tips can help prevent the above accidents and decrease the occurrence of injuries and fatalities in bicycle accidents. These bicycle safety tips include:

  • If you are riding at night, get a bike headlight.
  • If you notice a car driver that doesn't see you, wave and slow down.
  • Always ride on the right side of the road moving with the flow of traffic.
  • Avoid riding and stopping in a car's blind spot.
  • Wear bright colors whether riding during the day or at night.
  • Use hand signals to notify drivers of your intended direction.
  • Avoid busy streets.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a bicycle accident, seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights.