Californians cycle for a variety of reasons. While some rely on cycling as their primary mode of transportation, others do so to keep fit and derive its health benefits.
However, cycling comes with its share of risks. Every year, thousands of bicycle accidents are reported in California and around the country. While most of these accidents result in minor injuries, a considerable number lead to life-altering injuries and even death.
Here are three leading causes of bicycle accidents that you need to know:
From bicycle accidents to car wrecks and pedestrian accidents, distraction is a leading cause of all manner of accidents. When a motorist is talking on a phone or texting while driving, they are more likely to cause collisions. (Likewise, a cyclist who is distracted by their phones or other activities is at a greater danger of causing an accident.)
Speeding limits a driver’s stopping time. It also limits the amount of time they need to make crucial decisions during an emergency. While high-speed crashes are more likely to result in life-altering or even fatal injuries to cyclists, even an accident that happens at a slow speed can be dangerous.
Individuals who operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated endanger their lives as well as the lives of others. Alcohol and drug impairment inhibits the road user’s ability to make sound decisions while on the road. As a result, they are highly likely to cause accidents.
A bicycle accident can leave you with serious injuries. Find out how you can protect your rights while pursuing the compensation you deserve if you were the victim of a negligent driver.