Riding a bicycle in an urban setting is a convenient and inexpensive mode of transportation. It is also a great way to exercise and enjoy time with friends and family. However, bike-car accidents can happen because cyclists have to share the road with other motorists.
Just like in most auto accidents, driver error is a major cause of these kinds of wrecks. Below are some of the erratic driving behaviors that can lead to bicycle accidents:
1. Distracted driving
Inattentive driving is one of the riskiest behaviors possible behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it’s prevalent on New York roadways. When drivers use the phone, eat while driving or daydream, they’re unlikely to notice cyclists sharing the road or accidentally collide with them on a bike path.
Motorists who exceed the speed limit can make it difficult to avoid a collision. This is because the driver will have less time to react. Additionally, due to their difference in size, a speeding driver may not notice a cyclist in time to avoid a crash.
3. Driving under the influence
Drunk driving is a common cause of all types of road crashes, including those that involve cyclists. In addition, some illegal, prescription and over-the-counter medications can affect a driver’s ability to drive safely. As a result, drunk drivers or those under the influence have impaired vision, judgment and reaction time.
4. Opening vehicle doors
Drivers and passengers sometimes open doors without checking if a cyclist is approaching from behind. Unfortunately, the sudden opening of a door may not give a cyclist enough time to react, and when they do, they risk swerving dangerously into lanes with fast-moving vehicles.
Cyclist accidents often cause serious injuries, and you may face lost income and expensive medical bills. For these reasons, you can sue the negligent driver for personal injury damages.