Over the past few decades the popularity of cycling has increased dramatically; however, we continue to see far too many serious bike accident injuries caused by motor vehicles who fail to see the cyclists.
Motorists and cyclists must obey the same traffic laws. Ignorance of the laws is not an excuse when a motorist injures a cyclist – the cyclist is completely defenseless. He or she is traveling on a 30-pound bike while surrounded by 3,000+ pound vehicles racing by them.
Common types of bike-car collisions that often end in tragedy include:
- Motorist entering road – The motorist enters the road from a driveway or parking spot and fails to see the cyclist – until it’s too late.
- Motorist failure to yield – The motorist fails to yield to a cyclist by running a stop light or sign, or by failing to look both ways before continuing.
- Motorist turning – When the motorist turns left or right directly in front of the cyclist, cutting them off.
- Motorist passing cyclist – The motorist does not see the cyclist when passing and hits the cyclist; however, the cyclist may see this before it happens, and hits something else when swerving to avoid the motorist.
Bicycle accidents can also be caused by pedestrians, defective bike parts, recalled bike helmets, and other ineffective bicycle safety equipment.
Bike accidents can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and head, neck, or spinal cord injuries.
If you have been injured in a bike accident, remember that it is essential to act quickly in order to reconstruct the accident, if necessary, gather essential witnesses and to address other important factors.
Contact the personal injury law offices of Welebir Law. We will aggressively fight for you to make sure you receive full compensation for your losses.
Based in San Bernardino, we represent bicycle accident victims throughout the state of California.