Reasons Why Drivers Hit Cyclists

Bicycle Accidents Dan - July 27, 2021
Aftermath of a bicycle accident

Even with roads that have designated bike lanes, unfortunate cycling collisions can still happen. Some of the most devastating accidents involve drivers colliding with cyclists. If you are injured a personal injury attorney can help.

According to some alarming cycling crash statistics presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cycling crashes involving cars:

  • Represent roughly 2% of motor vehicle collisions
  • Lead to serious head trauma more than any other severe injury
  • Have tripled in fatality rates (for adults 20 and older) since 1975
  • Claimed the lives of 843 bicyclists in 2019

If you or a loved one was seriously injured by a driver while biking, you might be wondering what would be the best way to move forward. Find out how you should proceed with the help of a focused injury attorney.

Most Common Causes Of Cycling Accidents

An extremely wide range of factors and causes could have led to your bicycle accident. It might have happened as a result of:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Running red lights
  • Running stop signs
  • Unsafe turns
  • Unsafe yields

No matter which one of these factors contributed to your accident, they’re all united by one commonality: negligence. Motorists are all legally obligated to drive within the speed limit, to follow all traffic laws, and to pay attention to things going on around them.

Drivers should do everything within their power to minimize the risk of harming those sharing the road around them, and any failure to do so may be considered negligence.

Now you know what might lead to a collision, but what should you do in the immediate aftermath of a bike crash involving a motorist?

What To Do After A Bike Crash

If you’re able, you should take the following steps after a cycling crash involving a car or any vehicle crash on the road:

  1. Safely pull off the road, if possible
  2. Call 9-1-1 if possible
  3. Wait for authorities to arrive
  4. Document the accident in written, video, and photographic form
  5. Exchange contact and insurance info with all parties involved
  6. Obtain a copy of the police report after the accident

Don’t document or retrieve information if doing so could jeopardize the safety of you and your loved ones. Much of this information can be retrieved retroactively – police departments, for instance, should provide accident reports. The best resource to retroactively build your case, however, will be working with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Seek Help from a Personal Injury Attorney from Blackburn & Green

We know how tough it can be to pick up the pieces when a devastating bike accident totally upends your life. Fortunately, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us today to learn more and arrange a free case review.

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