Accidents involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle are commonly the consequence of the inattention of a driver’s failure to give the right of way to a cyclist. There are situations where vehicle accidents are more common. Following some safety tips will help to avoid bicycle and motor vehicle accidents.
The Right Cross
The Right Cross happens when a vehicle pulls out of an alley, side street, parking lot, or a driveway to the right of the cyclist. The hazardous situation is the cyclist has passed the front of the vehicle causing the vehicle to hit the bike. The vehicle may pull out so far that it blocks the biker’s right of way, giving the slightest chance the bike would have time to stop and avoid colliding into the side of the car.
How To Avoid Collisions
Being more visible is always in a bicyclist’s best interest. Add a flashing light or a headlight of the front of the bike and using it during the day will help you be more visible. Wearing bright clothing can also help bicyclists to be more visible. Cyclists should be defensive drivers by anticipating vehicles pulling out in front of them or pulling out to the right of them. Always try to make eye contact with the driver ensuring that you are seen. Be prepared to swerve or stop in the event the driver does not see you.
Violated Laws By The Driver
The vehicle driver is usually careless or negligent for failing to yield to the bicyclist’s right of way. People riding bicycles are given the rights to motor vehicles. They also are responsible for the laws that apply to a vehicle driver. Cyclists and vehicle drivers both need to follow traffic laws. Watching for the care of yourself and others on the road is a duty all bicyclists and motorists share.
The Right Hook
The right hook occurs when a bicycle rider is at the front of a cross street and is hit because the vehicle driver did not see the bicyclist as the driver was turning right. Another accident situation occurs when the vehicle driver cuts off the bicyclist when the driver is turning right at an intersection and forgets about the bicyclist, overtaking the bicycle, or by not giving them enough space. This will cause the cyclist to crash into the side of the vehicle. A bicycle should stay farther on the left side of the lane, causing motor vehicle drivers to pass more consciously. If the bicycle gets cut off, there will be more room to the left to swerve to keep from being hit.
The Rear End
Bicyclists are very concerned about rear-end collisions and the resulting injuries. It is a common collision on the roadway and is the most detrimental type of accident for bicyclists. Rear-end collisions are a leading cause of injuries or deaths to bicyclists. It is critical that the bicyclists take every precaution to be highly visible for this reason.
Choosing the safest routes and the safest time of the day to ride is important. Vehicle drivers should keep a safe distance when passing a bicycle. Traffic laws do require drivers to be mindful and observe the right of way for other vehicles. This includes bicycles.
The Left Cross
The left cross happens when a vehicle is traveling in the opposite way and proceeds to turn left in front of the bicyclist. This will crash the left side of the bike or it will cut off the bicycle altogether. To avoid this situation, bicyclists should stay off the sidewalks intended only for pedestrians. The cyclist should be riding defensively and scanning ahead for potentially dangerous situations.
Rights for Bicyclists
Bikes do have the same rights as motor vehicles. Because a bicycle is substituted for a car does not change the responsibility of the motor vehicle driver in regard to the right of way for bicyclists. If a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle occurs and happens to involve a child, the courts will hold the adult in the motor vehicle to a higher level of responsibility.
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Injured Cyclists Deserve Fair Compensation
Beyond proving liability for your Atlanta bike accident, you will also be required to prove your damages. This is a critically important part of any personal injury claim, and it cannot be overlooked. Unfortunately, the large insurance companies often attempt to take advantage of victims, pushing them into unfair settlement agreements. Our law firm will protect your legal rights. Don’t put your financial and emotional future at risk by trusting your case to someone who may not be focused on your claim. When we take on your case, we offer legal representation with unrivaled experience, drawing on a well-established team of experts and advisors to investigate, document, and prove current and future physical, emotional, and economic damages. This could include money for:
- Bicycle replacement;
- Emergency medical costs;
- All other medical bills;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Long-term disability;
- Lost income;
- Diminished ability to earn;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish;
- Disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death damages.
Georgia Wrongful Death Claims: Bicycle Accidents
Did someone in your family die in a collision involving a bicycle? Bike fatalities in Georgia are all too common. While the victim may no longer be able to speak, a Georgia wrongful death lawyer can protect the rights and interests of families and loved ones. Georgia wrongful death lawsuits are deeply complex, and they must be brought under the state’s official wrongful death statute. Under this law, only certain family members of the victim have a legal right to bring the claim.
If your family member was killed in a tragic bicycle accident, you should consult with our Atlanta bike accident lawyers immediately. While we know nothing will ever be able to make up for your loss, we will fight for justice for your loved one and compensation for your family.
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