Negligence: How This Leads to Tragic Bicycle Accidents
While bike riding is fun, a good form of exercise, and a cheap means of transportation, it can also be dangerous for bicycle riders who must share the road with larger, heavier motor vehicles and trucks. The victim of a collision is often the bicyclist, who can suffer catastrophic injuries or death due to his lack of protection. Fortunately, victims of bicycle accidents are entitled to compensation for their injuries from the negligent party under Washington law.
How Driver Negligence Causes Bicyclists to Suffer Serious Injuries and Death
Motor vehicle and truck drivers cause many types of bicycle accidents, such as an open door accident or a rear-end collision. Unsafe driving practices that constitute negligence are often the causes of these accidents. Ways that negligence can cause a bike accident include:
Speeding. Speeding is a cause of many bicycle accidents. When a driver is speeding, he may not be able to respond quickly enough when he suddenly realizes that a biker is nearby.
Distracted driving. Bicycles are harder for motorists to see in general due to their smaller size. When a driver is texting, talking on his cellphone, or eating and drinking while driving, he may not be alert enough to see a bicycle before it is too late.
Intoxication. Being intoxicated due to alcohol or drug use can impair a driver’s vision, reaction time, and ability to judge distances. While this is dangerous for anyone near the intoxicated driver’s vehicle, it is especially deadly for bike riders and pedestrians who are already less visible due to their size.
Traffic violations. When drivers violate basic traffic safety laws, such as running a red light or failing to yield, you or your child could suffer catastrophic injuries in an accident.
Weather. When drivers fail to drive for weather conditions, like rain, fog, snow, and ice, they can lose control of their vehicle or fail to see an unsuspecting bike rider. Because of their lack of visibility in these weather conditions, bike riders should wear reflective clothing or use a bike headlight to remain more visible.
Road conditions. In some cases, it is road conditions, such as potholes and cracks in asphalt, or poor lighting that is a cause of a bicycle accident. If you were injured in a bike accident caused by one of these reasons, you may have a claim against a municipality. However, you need the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible due to notice requirements and immunity from lawsuit rules.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, our experienced legal team is here to fight for the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about how we can help.