Distracted driving is the leading cause of auto-bicycle accidents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Cities like New Bedford, Taunton and Providence see increased occurrences of these accidents. Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable, so many of these accidents tend to result in catastrophic personal injury and sometimes wrongful death. Most of the time when someone riding a bike is struck by a car, it is due to a driver’s negligence. The most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield
- Disobeying traffic signals or signs
- Failing to use directionals
- Disregarding poor weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Tips for Drivers to Help Prevent Auto-Bicycle Accidents
- Always follow posted speed limits. This is more important in areas that have lower speed limits, such as school zones and neighborhood streets where younger bicyclists are likely to appear.
- Overall visibility is limited in worse weather conditions and poorly lit areas. Keep your lights are on and use your signals properly. be extra cautious in these circumstances.
- Watch out for bicyclists when pulling into and out of driveways – especially if you are backing out.
- Look twice, save a life.
- NEVER drive distracted.
Drop the Distraction!
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in general, and pedestrian and bicycle accidents are no exception. In the quick moment that you look down to check a text, a person could appear in front of your vehicle. Wait until you get to your destination to take care of texting, emails, eating, etc…
Contact An Experienced New Bedford Auto-Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of an auto-bicycle accident due to a distracted driver’s negligence, make sure to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the settlement 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.