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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Even if you wear your helmet, install the proper reflectors, and obey traffic laws, a car can still strike you while you are on your bicycle. Unfortunately, if a collision does occur, you as the cyclist will pay the price through injury and property loss. Bicycle accidents are serious, and it is best to do everything in your power to try to avoid them. Here are some tips on how to avoid bicycle accidents and the most common ways accidents occur.

Equipment

The first thing cyclists should purchase after their bike is a properly fitting helmet. Although the goal is for you not to get into an accident at all, a helmet can make the difference between walking away from an accident and ending up with a serious brain injury. Even if you plan to ride your bike only during the day, consider installing flashing lights on your bike. Also, wear reflective clothing and add some extra reflective tape to your ride.

Common Types of Bicycle Accidents

  • A Car Pulls Out From a Side Street – Many times, drivers don’t check the bike lane carefully before pulling out onto the road. When this error occurs, drivers can hit you when you are riding your bike across the street opening, striking you from behind or causing you to run into them.
  • Turning Right at a Red Light – If you are stopped at a red light on the right of a car that is waiting to turn right, the car could run into you as you ride straight when the light turns green. You can prevent this accident by stopping directly behind the car. It is also possible to stop on the right of the car, but make sure you are far enough forward for the driver to see you or far enough back that they won’t hit you when they turn.
  • A Car Runs Into You From Behind – This type of collision is rare, but it is one of the most dangerous. The best way to avoid a crash from behind is by investing in a flashing rear light. Another option is to buy a mirror. This way, if a car is coming behind you and doesn’t appear to be slowing down, you can get off the road quickly.

Even if you take all the necessary precautions, bicycle accidents still occur due to the negligence of other drivers. Bicycle accidents are serious and can be costly affairs resulting in medical bills and property damage. If you or someone you know was injured in a bicycle accident, you need a skilled bicycle accident attorney. At Spiros Law, P.C., our knowledgeable attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Champaign offices at (217) 328-2828 today to discuss the details of your case.

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