Bicycles have a right to the road just as much as cars do, but unfortunately a lot of people driving cars do not look out for bicycles as much as they should. Here are the three most common types of bicycle accidents, and how they can be avoided:
1. Getting hit by a car turning right.
2. Getting hit by a passing car.
3. Hitting a car door that was just opened.
Avoid Getting Hit By A Car Turning Right
When you’re riding your bicycle, anticipate cars turning right at an approaching intersection. Many drivers do not look out for bicyclists and are not accustomed to checking the right side view mirror to look for bicyclists on the road. If you’re driving a car, understand that bicycles have a right to the road just as much as bicycles do. In this situation, bicycles have the right to go straight regardless of whether they are in a bicycle lane or in a right turn lane.
Avoid Getting Hit By A Passing Car
When you’re riding your bicycle, and if you’re not going as fast as traffic, you must ride your bike as far to the right of the road as possible. In situations where there is a designated bicycle lane, you are usually required to use it. You are only allowed to leave the right side of the road if you are going as fast as traffic, the lane is too narrow to share lanes, you need to make a left turn, or if you need to avoid a dangerous condition on the road. If you’re driving a car, watch out for bicycles to the side of the road and be courteous to bicyclists. Give them about three feet of distance when you’re passing to the left of them. Always make sure that it is safe to pass a bicyclist even if the bicyclist is riding too slow.
Avoid Getting Hit By a Door That Was Just Opened
When you’re riding your bicycle, anticipate people opening doors from cars parked on the side of the road. If a car recently parked on the side or if you see any type of movement or lights from a parked car, be especially vigilant. If you’re opening the door of a parked car, check the side view mirrors and look behind you for bicyclists before opening your car door. Remember that bicyclists are required to drive as far to the right as possible and that if you open your door in front of them, they probably will not have time to react.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, and would like to talk to an attorney about your case, call West Covina car accident attorney, Lem Garcia. We will be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.
By: Car accident lawyer in West Covina, Lem Garcia