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What Are the Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

What Are the Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles can result in devastating injuries and are often the result of driver-related errors or negligence. Our team of attorneys at Daspit Law Firm is dedicated to representing injured riders and families who have lost loved ones in cycling accidents. We know firsthand that these types of accidents can result in severe physical, emotional, and financial setbacks. That is why we proudly provide clients throughout Texas with top-notch legal representation in their pursuit for maximum compensation. Below, we discuss some of the common causes of bicycle accidents that cyclists need to be aware of to avoid catastrophic injury.

#1: Weaving Through Traffic

When drivers weave in and out of traffic, they are less likely to see bicyclists who are also on the road. Weaving through traffic also makes it more difficult for drivers to successfully execute evasive maneuvers to avoid collisions.

#2: Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents involving bicycles. When drivers fail to pay attention to the road and their surroundings, they are more likely to cause dangerous collisions. Common distractions that drivers should avoid while they are behind the wheel include reading and responding to text messages, dialing, talking on the phone, and using social media.

#3: Failure to Yield

Drivers who fail to yield at roundabouts and intersections create serious safety risks for bicyclists. There are various locations on the road where drivers must yield to oncoming traffic, including bicycle traffic.

#4: Unsafe Lane Changes

When a driver changes lanes without looking in the mirror or checking their blindspots, it can be extremely dangerous if they share the road with bicyclists. Bicycle accidents resulting in unsafe lane changes are often the result of drivers merging into cyclists’ lanes without first looking to make sure the lane is clear.

#5: Running a Red Light or Stop Sign

Drivers who run red lights and stop signs in neighborhoods and suburban areas risk hitting bicyclists passing through intersections. Although running a traffic sign or signal is dangerous in itself, the risks are even greater when drivers fail to look for cyclists who have the right of way.

Our lawyers at Daspit Law Firm are here to assist if you or a loved one suffered a serious injury due to a bicycle accident. We will gladly listen to your story, explain your legal rights, and discuss how we may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your losses. Call (888) 273-1045 or contact us online for a free consultation.