October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When a bicycle is up against a motor vehicle, the cyclist almost always loses. There is no way around it. Accidents involving cars and bicycles often end in serious harm. That was the case in a recent story out of Salem, Oregon.
In late August 2013, a 26-year-old man was riding his bicycle on Airport Road Southeast around 1 p.m. A Hummer SUV knocked down the man while he attempted to circle and turn at the Mission Street Southeast intersection. According to police, the man remained in a local medical center after receiving life-threatening injuries.
The aforementioned story is a common tale. Often, cyclists are tucked behind blind spots and are easy to miss. If a driver is distracted
, a simple slip could result in the loss of a person's life.
Any type of driver error could result in a collision between a bicycle and vehicle; however, some acts of negligent driving are more common to these types of accidents:
Motorists often attempt to turn in front of cyclists. When a driver is making a left-hand turn, it is imperative to be alert to oncoming cyclists. If a driver is not paying attention, he or she could cut off a cyclist or even worse -- bring about a crash. Therefore, before negotiating a turn, a driver should allow the cyclist to clear the way.
Ignored bicycle paths:
Another issue relates to biking paths. Many streets include a designated biking path, which is parallel to the shoulder. Drivers should be alert to these areas. Intersections and driveways can be especially dangerous. If a motorist plans to make a right-hand turn, it is important that he or she glance in the bicycle lane first. If a cyclist is present, it is crucial to pause and be patient.
One of the most dangerous issues for cyclists and motorists sharing the road involves passing. If a driver does not allow enough space for the cyclist when overtaking his or her side, this could force the cyclist off the road. Even worse, a vehicle could strike a cyclist with the vehicle or side-view mirror.
These are some of the most common causes of accidents involving a bicyclist
and motorist. It is important for both cyclists and drivers to be alert of their surroundings. When one is not paying attention, this is when devastating accidents occur.
If you have been harmed in an accident, you may want to meet with an experienced personal injury law attorney. A legal professional can help assess your accident and determine what recovery rights may be available as you recuperate from any injuries. To learn more, contact an attorney in your neighborhood.
Article provided by Lance D. Youd, Attorney at Law
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