Posted on June 14, 2011 in Personal Injury
Bicycle riding is a popular leisure activity, a great form of exercise, and the main form of transportation for many. However, cyclists are vulnerable, as they share the road with much larger, more powerful vehicles operated by drivers are often negligent or distracted.
Common types of bicycle accidents
Many bicycle accidents occur when motorists are not paying enough attention or are only looking out for other cars. Bike accidents can occur when a motorist:
- Turns directly in front of a cyclist, causing a collision
- Turns into a cyclist, causing a collision
- Pulls into traffic right in front of a cyclist, causing a collision
- Hits a cyclist who is crossing the street
- Fails to use caution when passing a cyclist
California bicycle accident lawyers can advise you on who may be at fault in such situations, and they can explain how to get compensation if you are injured by an inattentive driver.
Cyclists should take some important precautions to help avoid accidents and serious injury:
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear. If you are in an accident, a good helmet decreases your chances of severe head trauma or death. Wearing riding gloves, knee and elbow pads, long sleeves, and long pants can also decrease your chances of injury. Never wear loose clothing that could get caught in the gears of your bike.
- Wear bright colors and reflectors. Too many accidents occur because motorists simply do not see bicycles. Bright colors, lights, and reflectors help cars see you and your position on the road. This is especially crucial at night, when bikes are essentially invisible without lights or reflectors.
- Signal and obey traffic laws. If you want to share the road with cars, it is important to follow traffic laws. Stop for lights and stop signs, yield to pedestrians, and always ride with traffic and not against it. Use hand signals to alert drivers of your intentions to turn.
- Do not wear headphones. Remember that most of the time cars cannot hear you. Being able to hear approaching cars—and other activity surrounding you—is crucial to cycling safely. Anything that impedes this ability—including listening to headphones or talking on the phone—can increase your chance of being in an accident.
- Alert cars to your presence. It is a good idea to have a loud horn or bell on your bicycle. If a car is about to turn or pull out in front of you and you are afraid you will be hit, use a horn or call out. If you think a driver does not see you, you are probably right.
What to do if you are injured in a bicycle accident
Bicycle accidents can cause serious physical trauma, and it is often hard to prove who was at fault. If you have been hurt in a bike accident, contact a California bike accident attorney for help in recovering compensation for your injuries.
Representation for bicycle accidents
If you were involved in a bicycle accident, contact the Biegel Law Firm today to speak with an experienced California accident lawyer. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis. You do not have to pay any upfront costs for taking your case to court, and our firm will get paid only if you are awarded a monetary judgment. Call our offices at (877) 223-8982 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Biegel Law Firm
2801 Salinas Hwy # A
Monterey, CA 93940-6401
If you were involved in a bicycle accident, contact the Biegel Law Firm today to speak with an experienced California accident lawyer. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis. You do not have to pay any upfront costs for taking your case to court, and our firm will get paid only if you are awarded a monetary judgment.