Operators of motor vehicles throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island have a responsibility to avoid bad driving habits such as speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted drivingDistracted drivers are the leading cause of auto-bicycle accidents in busy cities like New Bedford, Fall River and Providence.

This past week a Taunton High School student was involved in an auto-bicycle accident when he was struck by a minivan on Route 44 at the intersection of Longmeadow Road while riding with friends. Fortunately, his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, but this is yet another stark reminder of the dangers of distracted driving.

Common Driving Habits Which Lead To Auto-Bicycle Accidents

Getting struck by a car while riding a bicycle will most likely leave the victim with serious catastrophic personal injury, and in some cases wrongful death, leaving the surviving family members to pick up the pieces. It’s important that bicyclists, as well as drivers know what to look out for. The most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield to a bicycle at an intersection
  • Failing to see a bicycle while turning
  • Disobeying traffic signals or signs
  • Failing to use directionals
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Tips for Drivers to Help Prevent Auto-Bicycle Accidents

  • Always follow posted speed limits, especially in areas that have lower speed limits, such as school zones, downtown areas, and neighborhood streets where bicycles are likely to appear.
  • Overall visibility is limited in worse weather conditions and poorly lit areas. Not only is it harder for drivers to see oncoming bicycles, it may also be difficult for a cyclist to see cars. Keep your lights are on and use your signals properly. Be extra cautious in these circumstances.
  • Watch out for bicycles when pulling into and out of driveways – especially if you are backing out. The small profile of a cyclist means it may easily enter your path without your noticing.
  • Allow plenty of room for a bicyclist. They may need to react to something in the road that a driver would never see.
  • Never drive distracted. This includes smart phones/devices, eating/drinking, fixing make-up, etc…
  • Look twice, save a life!

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 Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir

*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.

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