More and more Americans are taking to cycling – for fun, exercise, to work or simply out of mindfulness for their carbon footprint. However, cycling, like any other form of transportation, comes with its share of risks.
Unlike cars, bicycles do not come with safety features like seat belts or airbags. As such, accidents involving cyclists tend to result in serious injuries.
Here are some of the common causes of bicycle accidents
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the major causes of auto accidents, and cyclists are at a greater risk of sustaining serious injuries following DUI-related accidents. Unfortunately, some people insist on getting behind the wheel after drinking. Drunk driving hinders the driver’s ability to control the vehicle and make sound judgments. As a result, drunk drivers are likely to fail to give way to cyclists, veer off into the cycling lane or fail to react in time when a collision is imminent.
This commonly occurs at night when the cyclist is not wearing the right reflectors, the street is not properly lit or if the vehicle does not have functioning headlights. Visibility can also be affected by elements like fog that prevent both motorists and cyclists from spotting imminent danger.
Distracted driving happens when a driver engages in activities that take their attention off the road, like making a phone call, texting, eating, reading or changing music. Texting, eating or searching through a bag, for instance, can visually distract the driver resulting in sideswiping or failing to give way to the cyclist.
Riding a bicycle is a cost-effective means of getting around. However, accidents involving cyclists tend to be very devastating. Find out how you can safeguard your rights when you are involved in a bike accident that is not your fault.