What Should You Do After A Car Accident?

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Bicycle Injuries

Over 600 bicyclists are killed every year in traffic accidents, with countless more being injured. While most multiple-party accidents that only involve one car typically are collisions with pedestrians, bicycle injuries are still a problem to which attention must be paid. A part of the problem is that many motor vehicle operators are not used to sharing the road with cyclists, or may be unaware of the “rules of the road” regarding cyclists and how to apply the law.

The most common causes of bicycle injuries are as follows:

  • Unexpected car door openings. Although most car drivers double check for other vehicles when opening their doors, cyclists are typically less noticeable, and may not be seen. A car door opening may cause an impact similar to if a cyclist drove directly into a tree, sign, or other stationary object, and may also cause significant damage to the vehicle and its driver. The most effective way to avoid this is to keep a watchful eye on all parked cars that you are passing; if you see a driver inside the vehicle, approach with caution.
  • Pedestrians. Most pedestrians only check for vehicles when entering an intersection or crossing the street. Additionally, pedestrians entering a sidewalk that is also designated for bicycle use may not think to check for a cyclist upon entering. Striking a pedestrian can cause significant injury to both the pedestrian and the cyclist. It is important to keep a watchful eye on pedestrians, and ride cautiously if it appears a pedestrian may make a sudden, unsafe movement.
  • Unsafe driving. Many car operators may drive unsafely around a cyclist because they are unsure of how to approach the situation. A common example is a driver unsafely passing a cyclist by drifting towards either the opposite or adjacent line. If this creates an accident, the vehicles may easily strike the cyclist.

Additionally, drivers may feel threatened or behave aggressively towards cyclists, especially during traffic or on a road with a high speed limit. As with the other risks, approaching the situation with caution is important. If you see a driver behaving erratically or aggressively, the safest thing to do may be to vacate the main road and take a less traveled road until the danger has passed.

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If you have been injured in a bicycle-related accident or if you have been injured while riding a bicycle, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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