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Most common accidents for bicyclists

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Personal Injury

Biking is a popular mode of transportation in California, providing an eco-friendly alternative to driving and an enjoyable way to exercise. However, biking is not without its risks. California’s busy streets, unpredictable weather and varied terrain can lead to accidents for both seasoned and new cyclists. The People Powered Movement estimates that biking accidents hurt over 11,000 people each year in California.

Understanding the common accidents that occur can help you take preventative measures and make your cycling experience safer.

Collisions with vehicles

One of the most frequent accidents involving bicyclists is collisions with motor vehicles. These accidents often occur at intersections, where drivers may fail to see a cyclist or misjudge their speed. Always make eye contact with drivers when possible, use hand signals to communicate your intentions and wear bright clothing to increase your visibility.

Door accidents

Door accidents happen when a parked car’s door suddenly opens into a bicyclist’s path. These accidents can result in severe injuries. To avoid door accidents, you should ride at a safe distance from parked cars and be aware of any activity inside the vehicles that could indicate someone is about to exit.

Potholes and road hazards

Uneven road surfaces, potholes and debris can cause a cyclist to lose control and fall. To prevent these accidents, always be aware of the road condition ahead and adjust your speed accordingly. If you encounter a dangerous pothole or debris, report it to the local authorities to have it fixed.

Accidents due to poor weather conditions

Rain, fog and wind can make biking more challenging and increase the risk of accidents. Wet roads reduce traction, and fog decreases visibility. When cycling in poor weather conditions, reduce your speed, use lights and wear reflective clothing.

Accidents involving pedestrians

Bicyclists and pedestrians share many paths and sidewalks. Collisions between cyclists and pedestrians can lead to injuries for both parties. To prevent these accidents, always yield to pedestrians, use a bell or your voice to alert them to your presence and follow designated bike paths when available.

When you are aware of the most common accidents for bicyclists, you can take the appropriate precautions and greatly reduce your chances of getting involved in an accident. Remember, safety is a shared responsibility and awareness is the first step towards a safer biking experience in California.


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