Bicycle accidents can be dangerous or deadly. A motorist can potentially strike a bicyclist, run over them or push them off the roadway.
There are all kinds of reasons why someone would be involved in a bike accident. Being aware of the five most common causes could help you prepare to be safer on your ride.
5 common bike crash scenarios
Here are five of the most common causes of bicycle accidents and what you can do to avoid them:
Speeding: Both cyclists and drivers have to move at safe speeds. Drivers should always stay below the marked speed limit. Cyclists should only travel as quickly as they can while feeling in control of their vehicle.
Riding too close together: If a cyclist is on the road, other drivers need to give them space. Drivers who pass cyclists should give them at least three feet of space as they do so.
Distractions: Distractions are a common cause of collisions. Drivers should put down their devices and pay attention to the road. Cyclists should consider taking out their headphones or earbuds to hear what’s happening around them.
Lane merges: When lanes merge, there is a risk that cyclists and drivers will come into contact. Cyclists should follow the traffic laws, as should drivers. Drivers need to watch their side mirrors to ensure that cyclists are out of the lane or space they want to merge into.
Sidewalks, driveways and parking lots: Drivers and cyclists should be cautious around parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. Slow down and stay alert because someone could cross into your path unexpectedly.
These are five common bike accidents. If you’re hit, remember that you may be able to pursue a claim.