Auto-Bicycle accidents happen every day throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Because bicyclists are more vulnerable, many of these accidents can result in serious catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death. Whether you’re riding along Route 81 in Fall River or you’re cruising the East Bay Bike Path from Providence through Warren, RI and beyond, you’ll encounter dangerous factors like distracted drivers. Make sure to ride safe, always wear a helmet and stay aware.

New Bedford Bike Share Program

The new bike-share program recently launched in New Bedford by Zagster Inc. will be providing bicycles at Fort Tabor Park and State Pier stations for riders to rent for local use. Anyone 18 years or older can join the program by signing up for an annual membership or by opting to pay as you go. There is an app that will unlock the bicycle once you pay.

“One of the things that makes New Bedford such a great place to live is our access to the water. The bike share program is a great tool for even more people to experience our fantastic shoreline,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said.

While this may be a wonderful upgrade for locals and tourists, as drivers we’ll need to be more vigilant and less distracted to avoid auto-bicycle car accidentswith these less experienced bicyclists around town.

Tips For Drivers To Avoid Auto-Bicycle Accidents

Know Bicyclists’ Rights – Bicycles on the roadway are considered vehicles, have the same rights and responsibilities as motorist, and are subject to many of the same rules and regulations. It’s a good idea as both a bicyclist and motorist to be educated on Massachusetts Bicycle Laws.

Bicyclists Are Vulnerable – Your average car weighs around 2 tons, while your average bicycle weighs 20 pounds. It doesn’t take a professor in mathematics to see that in the event of a collision, the bicyclist will most likely be the one to come away with severe, sometimes life threatening injuries. 

Watch That Right Turn – The “right cross” is possibly the most common cause of auto-bicycle accidents. A cyclist may be a little behind and to the right of you, and may be planning to ride straight ahead. If you don’t signal your right turn, you could wind up colliding, with the point of contact somewhere on your car’s right side. If you are trying to figure out if a nearby cyclist is planning to turn right, look for their raised left hand in a squared position, or an extended right hand.

Careful With That Door – Cyclists are terrified of being “doored.” Imagine a rider pedaling along next to a row of parked cars. Suddenly, a driver flings her door open. The impact can send the cyclist flying, and many riders have died when they’ve been thrown into traffic.

Contact A Skilled New Bedford Auto-Bicycle Accident Attorney 

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an auto-bicycle accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver please contact The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.