Cycling is an eco-friendly and healthy way to get around town, but the joy of cycling can be short-lived when you or someone you know gets involved in a bicycle accident. These accidents not only ruin your day but can also result in serious injuries or even death. At the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, we offer comprehensive legal services for clients who have suffered from personal injuries. We want to help you avoid harm, and knowing the common causes of bike accidents is a good place to start. With this knowledge, you can take steps to protect yourself.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of all traffic accidents, including those involving bicycles. Whether it's checking a smartphone, fiddling with the radio, or even eating, when drivers don’t have their full attention on the road, cyclists are put at risk. Many of these unfortunate incidents could have been avoided by simply staying focused on the road.
The simple act of not yielding can lead to catastrophic accidents for cyclists. In many instances, drivers fail to yield because they underestimate the speed of an oncoming bicycle or because they’re simply not paying attention. As a cyclist, you might have the right of way, but you can't always trust that a car will yield when it should. Always be on the defensive, and never assume a driver sees you or will yield as required by law.
Potholes, cracked pavement, or the lack of a bike lane can create a dangerous environment for cyclists. Even experienced riders can find it challenging to maintain control in these conditions, potentially leading to spills that can result in injuries or even more severe consequences. While you can't control the state of the roads, you can report dangerous conditions to local authorities and be extra cautious when you encounter less-than-ideal surfaces.
Imagine riding your bike alongside a line of parked cars and suddenly, a car door opens directly in your path. This is known as "dooring," and it can result in severe injuries for the cyclist. Often, the person opening the door has no idea a cyclist is approaching, making this type of accident all too common. While some responsibility falls on the driver or passenger to check before opening a door, as a cyclist, you can also reduce your risk by staying aware and keeping a safe distance from parked cars when possible.
Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not just a bad idea, it’s illegal in most communities. Much like drunk driving, cycling while impaired greatly reduces your reaction time and ability to focus. While you might think you're capable of riding home after a few drinks, the reality is that you're putting yourself and others at risk. Always arrange for a safe way home if you plan on consuming alcohol or any substances that impair your ability to operate a bicycle safely.
If you find yourself injured in a bicycle accident, it’s important to seek expert legal advice to understand the complexities of your situation. If you’re looking for a qualified personal injury attorney, call the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan today. We're committed to fighting for you and ensuring you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact our team for more details or to schedule an appointment with a personal injury lawyer in your community.