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Causes of California Bicycle Accidents

In California, drivers often like to blame reckless or careless bicyclists for bicycle accidents. However, most of the time, these crashes are caused by negligent drivers. Drivers simply do not watch out for cyclists the same way they watch for other drivers, or they do not provide them with enough room to keep the cyclists safe. When that happens, and a crash is caused by any of the following common causes of bicycle accidents, a California bicycle accident lawyer can help victims claim the compensation they need.

Side-Swiping Accidents

Drivers often approach a cyclist traveling the same direction as them. When that happens, drivers should try to provide these cyclists with the necessary room when passing. Too often, they do not, resulting in the vehicle side-swiping the cyclist and causes serious injuries.

Dooring Accidents

Dooring accidents occur when a driver has parked his or her vehicle. The driver attempts to exit the car and, unintentionally but still carelessly, opens the door into the cyclist’s path. Cyclists often do not have time to slow down or stop and so, end up crashing into the driver’s door. This is a much more common cause of bicycle accidents than people think.

Rear-End Accidents

Motorists often do not give cyclists the space they need. When a cyclist is in the same lane as motor vehicles and a driver approaches, the driver can end up rear-ending the bicyclist. Sometimes this is because the driver does not properly judge the amount of room the bike needs. More often, though, these accidents occur because drivers simply do not see the cyclists ahead of them.

Right and Left Cross Accidents

These accidents occur when a cyclist is traveling straight through an intersection. As the bicycle passes through the intersection, a vehicle approaches from a side street or an alleyway. The driver makes a turn, either right or left, and crashes into the cyclist. This common cause of bicycle accidents also typically happens because drivers are not watching for cyclists.

Speeding

Speeding does not just cause bicycle accidents, it also contributes to the severity of the injuries incurred. Speeding may cause an accident because the driver is going too fast to see the cyclist, or because the driver does not have enough time to stop or slow down.

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving slows a motorist’s reaction time, interferes with perception, and prevents a driver from fully concentrating on the road. Impaired driving causes many types of accidents on California’s roads, and bicycle accidents are some of the worst.

Contact a California Bicycle Accident Lawyer After a Crash

There are many common causes of bicycle accidents. If you have been hurt due to any of them, or due to any cause, you need to speak to a Santa Rosa bicycle accident lawyer right away. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we are passionate about standing up for the rights of accident victims. We will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company to help you get the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or fill out our online form for your free consultation so we can begin reviewing your case.

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