Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation and exercise in Sacramento, but they can also be dangerous. As a cyclist, it's important to be aware of the common causes of bicycle accidents to protect yourself. In this blog post, we'll discuss the most common causes of bicycle accidents and provide tips to prevent them.
1. Distracted Drivers
Distracted driving is the leading cause of bicycle accidents. Drivers who are texting, eating, or using their phones while driving are not paying attention to the road and may not see a cyclist.
To prevent accidents caused by distracted drivers, cyclists should wear bright and reflective clothing, use lights, and ride defensively. Additionally, cyclists should always be aware of their surroundings and avoid distractions while riding.
2. Failure to Yield
Another common cause of bicycle accidents is drivers who fail to yield to cyclists. This can happen at intersections, crosswalks, and when turning.
To prevent accidents caused by drivers failing to yield, cyclists should make eye contact with drivers, use hand signals, and ride predictably. Additionally, cyclists should avoid riding in a driver's blind spot and stay alert at all times.
3. Poor Road Conditions
Poor road conditions can also cause bicycle accidents. Potholes, cracks, and uneven pavement can cause a cyclist to lose control and crash.
To prevent accidents caused by poor road conditions, cyclists should ride defensively, avoid riding on the edge of the road, and watch out for obstacles. Additionally, cyclists should report poor road conditions to the city or county to get them fixed.
4. Door Collisions
Door collisions are another common cause of bicycle accidents. When a driver or passenger opens a car door without checking for oncoming cyclists, it can cause a serious accident.
To prevent door collisions, cyclists should ride at least three feet away from parked cars, watch for brake lights, and be prepared to swerve or stop if necessary.
5. Riding Under the Influence
Finally, riding under the influence is a common cause of bicycle accidents. Just like driving under the influence, riding a bicycle while impaired can impair judgment, slow reaction times, and cause accidents.
To prevent accidents caused by riding under the influence, cyclists should never ride after consuming alcohol or drugs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Piering Law Firm for a consultation. We have extensive experience representing clients who have been injured in bicycle accidents and can help you get the compensation you deserve.