It’s a sunny day and you’ve decided to take your bike out for a spin. Or maybe you’ve got somewhere to be and need to be there fast so you instead decide to drive. At some point while driving you might encounter a bicyclist. Or maybe you encounter a driver while you are biking. Either the driver or the cyclist might cause an accident during this time—but why? The two most common reasons bicycle vs. car accidents happen are that someone was not paying attention or that someone expected the other to behave in a certain way.
Not Paying Attention
This reason is by far the most common when the fault rests on the driver. Bicycles are slender and small compared to cars and so drivers often do not expect to see them unless they are in a commonly biked area (and even then visitors to the city may not expect cyclists). Unfortunately, drivers rarely pay attention to what cyclists are doing before an accident. In one study, 89% of drivers failed to notice cyclists before a collision.
Cyclists often expect motor vehicle drivers to behave in a certain way. This could mean anything from expecting a driver to yield to the cyclist even though the driver has the right-of-way, or a cyclist legally crossing a bicycle lane while expecting the driver to follow the rules of the road and yield to the bicycle. In 92% of bicycle vs. car accidents the cyclist believed the driver would yield to them, with 68% of cyclists even noticing the driver prior to the accident.
Were You in a Bicycle vs. Car Accident?
The Advocates have attorneys who are experienced in handling cases such as these. The moment you call you will be connected to an attorney who can discuss your accident with you. They’ll advise you on the next steps and if there’s any need for compensation should you suffer an injury from the accident. The best part is that The Advocates don’t see a dime until you do. Call us today for a free consultation!