Staying Safe & Avoiding Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle use, particularly as a means for commuting to work in urban areas, is increasing nationwide. In many large cities, bicycle commuting rates have risen by over 80 percent since 2000.1 With this increase in bicycling, it is important that motorists know and obey all traffic laws pertaining to bicyclists and pedestrians, always stay alert, and never text while driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 83% of bicyclists who indicated that they felt threatened while riding said that their main concern was motorists.2 It’s important to remember that bicycles ridden on roadways have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Both bicyclists and motorists must obey all traffic laws, including traffic signals, road signs, lane designations, etc. Failure to do so may result in a serious accident, and leave either party open to liability.
The NHTSA indicates that one of the most common mistakes that drivers make is not yielding to bicyclists, particularly at intersections when making a right turn. If present, bike lines are typically on the right side of the road, and often drivers neglect to check for approaching bicyclists before performing a turn. Similarly, the NHTSA indicates that the most common mistakes bicyclists make include failing to stop for stop signs and red lights, as well as riding in the wrong direction on the road.
Sadly, bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles often result in serious injuries, and in some cases, can be fatal. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, whether involving a motor vehicle or due to unsafe conditions on public or private property, give us a call at Wood & Craig at (404) 888-9962, or email us. We are committed to reaching the best possible outcome for our clients.