People choose to ride bicycles for a range of reasons. Some people decide to switch their daily commute to bicycle to avoid certain travel hassles such as parking and rush hour traffic. Other people ride bicycles for health and fitness, while others ride to save money on gasoline and for environmental reasons. Unfortunately, collisions between bicycles and cars are all too common and often have serious and even fatal consequences for bikers.
There are over 700 fatal bike accidents each year in the United States, a large number of them attributable to collisions between bikes and motor vehicles. Some accidents can be prevented if bikers obey all traffic laws and abide by safety recommendations, such as wearing a helmet.
Dangers on the Road
However, cyclists often report reckless, aggressive, and otherwise careless behavior by drivers that can cause serious accidents and injuries, such as:
- Striking a cyclist to the right of the car when turning right
- Failing to yield to a cyclist’s right-of-way
- Tailgating a bicyclist
- Hitting the brakes suddenly when driving in front of a cyclist
- Dangerously swerving around a bicycle
- Yelling or throwing trash at a cyclist
- Swerving around the cyclist abruptly
- Stopping in a bike lane, or opening a car door into the bike lane.
These behaviors can result in the death or serious injury of the cyclist.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycling accident caused by a negligent or malicious driver, you may have the grounds to pursue legal action against the party at fault. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Iowa personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.