Preventing Bicycle Accidents
As more and more people choose to bike for their daily commutes, for exercise, or for recreation, drivers need to become more aware of bikes out on the road and learn to share the road. Cyclists, for their part, should obey all traffic laws, follow safety recommendations, and use added precautions when biking down busy streets.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident, the New Braunfels bike accident attorneys at the Burch Law Firm can help. For legal advice and assistance, contact our offices by calling 830-629-0955.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
Sometimes, bike accidents are the fault of cyclists who fail to obey traffic laws. Often, however, these accidents are caused by reckless, careless, or even malicious drivers who are not used to bicyclists on the road. Accidents between cars and bikes may arise from motorists who:
- Fail to yield to bikes at intersections
- Turn left into bikes approaching in the opposite lane
- Turn right into bikes going straight
- Driving too closely beside or behind cyclists
- Parking or driving in designated biking lanes
- Opening doors into the path of a cyclist
In a collision between a car and a bike, the cyclist almost always suffers far more serious injuries. Cyclists should always wear helmets and use lights at night, but many aspects of accident prevention are the responsibility of the driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a biking accident due to the negligence of a motorist, contact the New Braunfels biking accident attorneys at the Burch Law Firm at 830-629-0955.