Here in Utah, riding a bicycle through the beautiful scenery and varying terrain has become a treasured pastime. With that being said, it is important to keep in mind that road traffic is always unpredictable, and anything can happen when you are riding in the streets.
Studies show that since 2001, cyclist injuries have increased by 11%. Cyclists have had to share the road with motorists for a long time as municipalities have struggled to keep up and create dedicated bicycle lanes, so how do you stay safe when sharing the road with motor vehicles?
Knowing that over half of all bicycle-car accidents occur at the front of the car, it can be assumed that vehicles usually hit cyclists with the hood or front bumper of the vehicle. To make matters worse, cyclists who reported being struck with the front of a vehicle experienced 84% more severe injuries compared to impacts on any other area of a vehicle. The best way to ensure that you prevent serious injury is to wear a helmet, and we can’t stress this enough!
One may be surprised to learn what the most common scenario is for these types of collisions. Studies have shown that 76% of all reported accidents occur when a bicycle is traveling across a vehicle in a perpendicular manner. In other words, if a car is going straight, it is very likely to strike a bicycle that is traveling from the left or right across the path of the vehicle.
One reason this happens could be due to the restricted vision of the driver in this scenario. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that if you are approaching an intersection, always make sure to slow down and make direct eye contact with the driver. This ensures that they see you. Fatal injuries also are much more likely when the driver of the vehicle increases his or her speed. It is typical for drivers to go faster around cyclists when both are heading in the same direction, usually this is done to pass the cyclist more quickly. This is why it is so important for you, as a cyclist, to have reflective material or flashing lights on the back of your bike to make yourself visible to motorists who may be approaching rapidly behind you.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car crash, truck accident, or motorcycle accident and are in need of an attorney in Utah, don’t wait and see-- call 1-800-HURT-323. We will connect you with an experienced and aggressive attorney who will fight for you to get the maximum compensation you deserve.