Most Common Bike Accidents & Injuries that Occur
Cycling is popular among people of all ages. As a result, there is an increased number of motorist-cyclists accidents on the roads. Some of the common situations leading to such accidents include Stop sign Accidents, Bike’s failure to yield, and the car turning at the intersection.
Accidents at the Stop Sign
This is the most common type of collision. Most of these accidents occur when the cyclist without a right of way rides in front of a car that has the right of way. It can also occur when the rider has the right of way on the street, and a car that does not have the right of way ignores the stop signs and ram into the cyclist.
When a Bike fails to yield
This accident occurs when the rider stops at the intersection, which may either be uncontrolled or controlled then immediately rides in the intersection without yielding. This might be either because he didn’t see the car or just misjudged speed or distance. Often in such an accident, the cyclist is at fault.
Car turning at the intersection
In such an accident, the cyclist and the motorist are approaching the intersection from opposite directions. In such a case, usually, the driver does not see the cyclist or utterly misjudges the cyclist’s distance or speed. In most of these accidents, the drivers are liable.
Musculoskeletal trauma and soft tissue injuries are the most common of the bike injuries. The injuries that occur on the head include the skull fracture, brain contusion, concussion, and intracranial hemorrhage. On the face, the injuries are facial fractures, corneal foreign bodies, dental fractures, and bruises. On the chest, the injuries are parenchyma lung injury and rib fractures and the musculoskeletal injuries include strains, dislocations, and fractures.
The best way to avoid such accidents is to maximize your visibility, adjusting your lane position as you approach your intersection so that you are more visible to the drivers and keep a proper look when nearing an intersection. Never attempt crossing an intersection by riding using the sidewalks; it makes it even harder for the motorists to see you. Just obey traffic rules and never ride against traffic. When you ride against traffic, you make yourself susceptible to collisions.
When a cyclist-motorist accident occurs, proof of liability would determine the response of companies and insurances in regards to compensations. For this reason, you need to consult the services of Wingfield, Ginsburg & Lipp, P.C. where you will find a qualified Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Personal Injury Attorney who will handle your case professionally.