The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration persuades every road user, especially motorists, to respect the rights of bicyclists on the road, as this is the best way to make a safe transportation environment. Legally speaking, bicycles have the same rights on the road as any other type of motor vehicle. Sadly, though, many drivers have refused bikers the space they need on the road, resulting to significant numbers in severely injured and dead bicyclists.
According to the website of LaMarca Law Group, there were about 51,000 injured and as many as 600 killed bicyclists in 2009 alone. These numbers have continued to increase in recent years, showing the great danger bikers are exposed to once they start to ride on US roads. And despite the bike lanes on busy city roads, many drivers still refuse to acknowledge the right of bikers on the road, rendering car and bicycle collision a common road site every day.
The most common causes of collision between motor vehicles and bicycles are:
- Motor vehicle drivers directly and abruptly turning in front of bikers
- Drivers, from parking areas or driveways, driving into traffic and cutting a biker’s right of way
- Drivers failing to slow down at intersections
- Drivers running a stop sign or traffic light
- Drivers not taking time to double-check for incoming bikers
- Reckless driving due to negligence or alcohol influence
Despite the number of bicycle accidents, riding a bike should never be a seen as a dangerous means of transportation or leisure activity. If only to keep away from the dangers that city roads present, many bicyclists have decided to ride along paths where they’ll be safer and enjoy their ride more.
In the event of an accident, however, the negligent or reckless driver at fault ought to be made to answer to the injury he or she has caused. With the help of a determined and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, obtaining the compensation that you legally deserve is closer to possible than never.