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HOW TO AVOID 2 COMMON BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Cyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries - even when they wear protective gear. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 700 cycling fatalities in the United States each year, and approximately 50,000 injuries.Even the safest bicyclists can fall victim to a distracted or reckless driver. If you were injured due to another person's negligence, the Luke Dow Law Firm can help.

Austin personal-injury attorney Luke Dow is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He can evaluate your case to determine if you have valid grounds for a claim.

Call our office today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, read on to learn how to avoid two common cycling accidents:

1. Crosswalk Accidents

Many cyclists choose to ride on the sidewalk in order to avoid the dangers of heavy traffic. According to BicycleSafe.com, this can be a good idea in specific scenarios, but it also comes with certain risks. In fact, some studies suggest that riding on the sidewalk is more dangerous than travelling on the road.

Traversing a crosswalk is the most serious danger associated with riding on the sidewalk. Many cyclists simply proceed without looking or slowing down, and they collide with a right-turning car that is moving adjacent to their direction of travel. This is a particularly common accident because many right-turning motorists simply do not see or expect a biker to cross.

These accidents are easy to avoid. To start, make sure that you are clearly visible at all times. If you are riding at night, fit a headlight to the front of your bicycle. When you reach the crosswalk, slow down and make sure there is no oncoming traffic. If necessary, get off your bike and walk it across the street.

2. Car To The Right At An Intersection

According to BicycleSafe.com, the most common bicycle accident happens when cars pull out from a side road or driveway. If the driver is inattentive, then he or she may hit a cyclist from the side. In other cases, drivers pull out too far and cause the cyclist to crash into the front of the vehicle.

The best way to avoid these accidents is to make clear eye contact with the driver, and if necessary, wave to get his or her attention. It may also be beneficial to install a horn to alert drivers of your presence.

As with other accidents, it is always a good idea to ride slowly in dangerous zones. If possible, try to ride further from the sidewalk to make yourself more visible.

Unfortunately, no precautions can make a cyclist entirely safe from negligent drivers. If you were in a bicycle accident with a vehicle, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Austin personal-injury lawyer Luke Dow can assess your case to find out if filing a lawsuit would be in your best interests. To get started, call us today at 512-518-4104.

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