Auto-Bicycle accidents happen every day around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Because they are more vulnerable, many of these accidents can result in serious catastrophic personal injury or even death. Whether you ride a bicycle or not, as a driver it’s important to be aware of bicyclists to help to prevent more bicycle accidents from happening.
Bicyclists Are Vulnerable, Do the Math
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.
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.
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.