Why bicyclists get hurt in crashes

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The joy and freedom of riding any bike can be a liberating experience. Unfortunately, bicyclists do not use the roadways alone. Vehicles of various sizes with all types of drivers share the road with them.

Accidents can happen at any time. This is one reason it’s essential always wear a safety helmet when riding your bike among the cars on the road. Cars can pull out suddenly from anywhere. They may be coming from a side street, parking lot or driveway. The last thing they may see before they hit you is your bike. It’s essential to use extreme caution when approaching areas that might be potential blind spots for motorists.

You should always wear reflective clothing as a bicyclist. Bikes are less likely to be noticed than other motor vehicles on the road, especially at night. The possibility of accidents is more common in the evening because of this.

It’s best if your bike comes equipped with a headlight. You should slow down when approaching vehicles, and never assume that they see you. It could be a fatal mistake if you do.

Don’t ride on sidewalks. Cars may not see you as you enter the intersection before you are on the wrong side of their bumper. You should avoid riding on the wrong side of the road. Nearly 25% of all crashes involving bikes happen as a result of a bicyclist being on the wrong side of the road.

Many cities across Georgia have signs posted warning motorists to be mindful that they share the roadways with bicyclists. Few drivers know what this responsibility entails, though. If you’re a bicyclist that’s been struck by a motorist, then you may be entitled to monetary damages. The amount of financial compensation that you may receive may be contingent, in part, upon the severity of your injuries. An experienced attorney can advise you on what to expect in your Augusta case.