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Top Causes of Bicycle Accidents on the Road

Published on June 23rd, 2013

While riding a bicycle is great for your health and wellness, it does come with a risk of being involved in a bicycle accident. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 618 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic collisions in the United States in 2010. Another 52,000 cyclists sustained injuries as a result of traffic accidents. One step that you can take to improve your safety while biking is to develop an understanding of the most common causes of bicycle accidents:

Inattentive motor vehicle drivers

If a bicyclist is involved in a crash with a motor vehicle, he or she is much more likely to suffer injuries from this impact than the driver of the car or truck. Unfortunately, a number of drivers don’t take the proper safety precautions needed to ensure that they don’t cut off nearby bicyclists. Many motorists fail to notice bicyclists around them and accidentally turn into bicyclists’ paths.

Road debris

Bicyclists can suffer serious injuries if the roads on which they travel aren’t regularly maintained by the city or county. Gravel and other road debris often accumulate in bike lanes. If the narrow wheels of a bicycle come into contact with this debris, it can easily cause the bicyclist to swerve and lose his or her balance, especially if the bike is traveling at a fast speed.

Uneven streets and roadways

Another common environmental hazard posed to bicyclists is uneven roads. If streets aren’t paved properly, the roads won’t be smooth to travel on and a cyclist can easily lose control and crash. This is especially true if he or she comes into contact with a dangerous, unfilled pothole.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to call Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185. Our legal team will fight for your rights to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To learn more about our services, visit our helpful website.

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