Do you enjoy group bicycle riding? Find out how motorists and bicyclists cause dangerous accidents and what you can do to prevent being hurt in a crash.

Group Biking: Why Do Tragic Group Biking Accidents Occur and How Can They Be Prevented?

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With many Seattle-area residents focused on healthy living and exercising regularly, more people are turning to bicycle riding as a way to commute and a fun form of exercise. Some people are taking the leap and going on longer rides or training for races in groups. While this can be enjoyable, it can also be dangerous for the bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians when they suffer serious injuries or deaths in an accident.

Causes of Group Bike Accidents

Accidents with bicyclists riding in groups can be caused by both motorists and the bicycle riders. Common reasons that collisions occur include:

  • Groups of bicyclists can spread out on the road too much, making it more likely that a vehicle will hit them.
  • Passenger vehicle drivers may be negligent when passing a group of bike riders due to distracted driving, intoxication, failing to obey traffic laws, or inexperience.
  • Bicycle riders in a group may fail to follow basic traffic rules, such as stopping and yielding the right-of-way at intersections.
  • Groups of bicycle riders can confuse motorists, especially if they are blindly following the leader or not using hand signals.

Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of a Group Bicycle Accident

If you are riding in a group, you can take steps to avoid being involved in an accident. Follow these safety and etiquette rules:

  • Be predictable in your movements to avoid confusing motorists, pedestrians, and others in your group.
  • Designate an experienced rider as the leader.
  • Do not ride up to someone with your bike’s front wheel overlapping their back wheel. This is a leading cause of accidents.
  • Communicate with others by pointing out hazards or announcing your movements, such as when you are passing. Avoid yelling as many in the group will be unable to hear you.
  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • Avoid gaps in the group by smoothly filling in if possible.
  • Do not wear headphones as they will prevent you from hearing other motorists and people in your group trying to communicate with you.
  • Wear a DOT-approved helmet to reduce your risk of suffering a serious brain injury.

Even if you follow these guidelines, you could be injured in a bicycle accident. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys are here to take over the burden of investigating your crash and negotiating a fair settlement with the negligent party’s insurance company. Schedule your free consultation by calling our office or filling out our online form.

Category: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents


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