3 common causes of bike accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2024 | Motor vehicle accidents |

A car accident can be traumatic, but many people suffer far fewer injuries because of seatbelts and airbags. Cyclists do not have the same kind of protective gear. Often the only thing protecting bikers if they are involved in an accident is their helmet, which can reduce about 60% of head injuries. This often leaves the biker’s legs, arms and torso exposed to injuries. 

There are many causes of bike accidents. Here is what you should be aware of:

1. Driver negligence

Driver negligence is a large cause of bike accidents. Driver negligence can include speeding past bikers, driving while distracted or failing to stop at red lights and stop signs. Bike accidents caused by negligent drivers can lead to traumatic brain and spine injuries. 

2. Dooring

“Dooring” is a common kind of bike accident that happens when a door is opened in the path of a biker. Many bikers have to ride past parked and stationary vehicles, but they are not aware if someone is preparing to leave the vehicle. When a door suddenly opens in front of the biker, they often do not have time to stop before a collision. As a result, the biker could be thrown off of their bike, leading to serious injuries and death.

3. Road sharing

One of the difficulties for bikers is that they often have to share lanes with vehicles. While many roads have dedicated cycling lanes, these lanes may not provide enough safety for bikers. A biker could be injured if a driver does not give the cyclist adequate space on the road. 

If you or someone you know was injured in a bike accident, then it can help to reach out for legal help to learn about compensation options.