In New York City and surrounding areas, a growing number of people are commuting to and from work and other destinations on a bicycle. There are many reasons for this, including the convenience, ability to save money and the exercise it provides.
As a bicyclist, you should become familiar with the many common causes of car-bicycle accidents. This knowledge can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble on the road.
While there are things you can do as a bicyclist to avoid an accident, such as obeying all the rules of the road, here’s something to remember: You don’t have any control over the drivers in close proximity to you.
Here are some of the many reasons why the driver of a motor vehicle could cause a collision with a bicyclist:
- Distracted driving, which includes things such as texting and talking on the phone
- Failing to yield to bicyclists
- Driving in a bicycle lane
- Aggressive driving, such as becoming angry with a bicyclist who is trying to share the road
- Failing to signal before making a turn
- Disregarding traffic conditions and weather conditions
- Failure to stop at traffic signals
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy driving
As a bicyclist, you’re aware of just how dangerous the roadways in and around New York City can be. Even so, this may not keep you off the road, as you enjoy riding your bike.
If a vehicle ever strikes you and your bike, stay where you are and call 911 for immediate help.
Once you receive medical treatment, turn your attention to the cause of the accident and your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, such as if the driver was at fault, you may be in position to receive compensation for your injuries and any other damages you have sustained.