Were you injured in a bicycle accident? Here, we explain the common ways negligent drivers cause these accidents and your right to compensation for your losses.

How Negligent Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents

common causes of bike crashesBicycle accidents are especially tragic because they often involve children. Even if the accident happens on a neighborhood street where the vehicle is traveling at a slower speed, the bicyclist can suffer catastrophic injuries or death because he has so little protection between his body and a much bigger vehicle. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys have helped many clients fight for the compensation they deserved from the negligent driver and are here to assist if you or a loved one was injured while riding a bike.

Major Reasons Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents

Drivers must share the road with bicycles and watch out for them. Many preventable accidents are caused when drivers are inattentive or fail to respect a bicycle rider’s rights under traffic laws. Common causes of these accidents include:

  • Door accidents. Door accidents occur when a driver opens his door right into the path of an oncoming bicycle. Motorists have a duty to look for oncoming vehicles and bicycles before opening their doors and exiting. When they fail to do this, a rider can be thrown off his bike—sometimes into oncoming traffic.
  • Side swipe. A driver can side swipe a bicycle if he passes too closely to him. This is often caused by a driver’s inattention or failing to maintain a safe distance from any nearby bikes.
  • Rear-end collision. A motorist has a duty to maintain a safe distance from a motor vehicle—and bicycle—in front of his vehicle so that he can stop or slow down quickly if necessary. When he fails to do so, a catastrophic rear-end crash can be the result.
  • Right and left cross accidents. These accidents are ones where a driver crosses the path of the bicyclist from the left or right when entering an intersection or from an alley or driveway. In both types of accidents, the bicyclist has the right of way, but the negligent driver fails to see the bike rider.
  • Right turn accidents. Drivers making a right turn onto another street cause accidents when they do not check their blind spots for a nearby bicycle before executing their turn.

Did a negligent driver cause your bicycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us help you file your claim with the driver’s insurance company and fight for the settlement you are entitled to. To learn more about your legal options, call our office to schedule your free consultation.