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Automobile and truck drivers often appear to be of the mindset that they always have the right-of-way on roadways, and bicyclists simply need to stay out of their way. However, there are “rules [laws]” surrounding each, but more importantly simply using some common sense guidelines would save many motorists and bicyclists from causing or receiving injuries from bicycle accidents.
Common causes of bicycle accidents and how you can avoid them:
- Some cities have designed their roadways with specifically marked lanes for bicyclists, but the general rule of thumb is to leave a minimum of three feet between an automobile and a bicycle (also the same when vehicles are passing each other). This space requirement should also be considered when a motorist is passing a bicyclist where there is oncoming traffic.
- Motorists making right turns should always be cognizant of bicyclists traveling straight ahead, and should never turn right ahead of a bicyclist, but wait for them to travel through the intersection, or pass the turn.
- When exiting a vehicle, motorists should always check to make sure a bicyclist is not advancing in their direction to avoid opening the door into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
- Motorists and bicyclists should always be aware of road hazards such as debris or grates that would cause either to veer in the wrong direction and cause an accident.
- Motorists honking their horns at bicyclists can startle them and cause them to veer into the wrong lane.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact a bicycle attorney at Kamerow Law today for a free consultation to discuss your rights and your legal options for receiving fair and just compensation.