Bicycle accidents in Idaho are lower compared to the national average, representing only 1.4% of the national statistics in 2013. Over the past five years, cyclist accidents have been diminishing, and in 2014, only two were killed. Despite the decrease, however, bicycle accidents still occur on a regular basis. The following is a list of common bicycle accidents in Idaho, and how you can avoid them.
The Idaho Stop
The Idaho Stop allows cyclists to slow down at a stop sign, but are not required to come to a complete stop before proceeding through an intersection. This encourages cyclists to stay off busy roads and promotes safe transportation.
However, this law is often abused, and 9.7% of all bicycle accidents occur at an intersection. The State will fine you over $300 dollars for violating this law! Most bicycle accidents occur at intersections. Understand that in Idaho you do not need to stop at an intersection, but intersections must be approached carefully.
The Left Cross
When driving through an intersection, a cyclist runs the risk of getting hit by an oncoming car turning left. A car can misjudge your distance and speed, ultimately colliding with you. Remember in these situations, the motorist will be responsible for your injuries. Avoid getting in a crump by:
- maximizing your visibility.
- adjusting your speed at an intersection.
- consider taking the full lane, allowing oncoming traffic to see you better.
The “Right Hook”
The right hook is when a car turns right and cuts you off. Sometimes, a right hook will cause you to ride into the side of a car. Although the driver is responsible for your injuries, it is important to understand how to avoid getting hit by a driver turning right.
- make sure your brakes are functioning properly.
- avoid riding in car’s blind spots.
- don’t pass a car when approaching an intersection.
A recent Idaho study compared cycling accidents that occurred on bike friendly roads and rural roads. Over the past few years, 613 accidents happened on roads that were not suitable for bicycles. Potholes and dirty roads are distracting for riders and can cause them to ride recklessly. Navigate unsuitable roads by:
- mapping out your route before you commute, to avoid hazardous roads.
- adjusting your speed.
- paying attention.
As avid cyclists, we understand that cycling comes with inherent risks. As attorneys, we understand the struggle of coping with a bicycle injury. Meet with us. At Hansen Injury, we will help you get the compensation that you need, so that you can get back on your bike again.
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