Most Common Causes of Idaho Bicycle Accidents
Though cycling is a popular summer hobby for many Idaho residents, it can also be extremely dangerous. Cyclists are often difficult to see and sometimes ignored, making bicycle accidents all too common. At Hansen Injury Law, many of our attorneys enjoy cycling as well. That is why we have made it a point to be the experts on Idaho bicycle accident injury law. If you have been seriously injured in an Idaho cycling accident, you are in the right place.
The majority of bicycle accidents occur because the driver was not paying attention, ignored the cyclist’s road rights, or was driving recklessly. If you or someone you know enjoys cycling, the following information about the most common causes of Idaho bicycle accidents will help you stay informed and stay safe on the roads.
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As previously mentioned, the most common causes of Idaho bicycle accidents are usually forms of driver negligence. When bicycle accidents do occur, they usually result from:
- Failure to yield to the cyclist
- Illegal turns
- Distracted driving (cell phones, food, etc.)
- Drunk driving
- Driving in a designated bike lane
- Failure to yield at crosswalks
- Pulling up near to or onto sidewalks or driveways
- Opening the car door in the road without looking
Though these are generally the most common causes of Idaho bicycle accidents, they are certainly not the only potential causes. Regardless, bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries that can be life altering. That is why we recommend contacting an Idaho bicycle accident lawyer soon after your accident to get financial help for your recovery.
9 Ways Cyclists Can Help
Though the most common causes of Idaho bicycle accidents are types of driver negligence, cyclists can still do their part to make sure everyone is safe on the road. If you are a cyclist and are aware of these potential hazards, some things you can do to prevent an accident include:
1. Use the proper signals
Using official cycling hand signals is required by Idaho law. They will keep you safe and make drivers aware of your intentions.
2. Follow the rules of the road
Because cyclists have the status of moving vehicles, you are required to obey any traffic signs and stay within lanes.
3. Always ride with the flow of traffic
Cars don’t expect you to ride towards them. Go with traffic, and obey the rules of the road just as a car would.
4. Be careful when passing on the right
Passing on the right often puts you in the driver’s blind spot, making it very difficult for them to see you. So, if you must pass on the right, be sure to do it with extreme caution.
5. Avoid wearing headphones while riding
If you cannot hear what is going on, the chances of getting into an accident increase greatly. Stay alert and attentive on the road by removing earphones, especially in heavy traffic. If you must listen to music, keep one ear free.
6. Wear clothing that is easy to see, especially at night
Wearing brightly colored clothing will help motorists see you. Use reflective clothing when possible, and never wear dark clothes at night.
7. Use reflectors and lights at night
In order to be seen at night, you need to have a headlight on the front of your bike and a red reflector on the back. This will improve your visibility, making it much easier for drivers to see you.
8. Use the designated bike lane
Riding in traffic greatly increases your chance of an accident. If there is a bike lane available, please use it.
9. Wear a helmet
Though this will not prevent an accident, it can have a significant impact on the severity of your injuries.
Speak To an Idaho Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
At Hansen Injury Law, we are cyclists ourselves, and work with other cyclists every day who have been seriously injured while on their bike. We know that the most common causes of Idaho bicycle accidents are driver negligence, and we want to help you file a successful personal injury claim that will help you get the compensation you need and deserve to heal from your injuries and cover other damages.
If you have been injured while in a cycling accident, call Hansen Injury Law today to speak to an Idaho bicycle accident law expert. As fellow cyclists, we know what you are going through and promise to do our very best to help you get back on your bike and back to doing what you love.
For further information on how to handle your bicycle accident case, please visit our general information page at https://www.hanseninjurylawfirm.com/boise-bicycle-accident-lawyer/