An Indiana resident who embarks on a bike ride faces the potential of being involved in an accident. There are many different ways that a bicycle accident might occur, but there are some scenarios that more commonly lead to accidents, particularly when a vehicle is involved.
Negligent vehicle drivers who do not use proper precautions in sharing the road with bicyclists may contribute to serious accidents. For example, a negligent driver who tries to pass a cyclist too closely may cause an accident. To pass a bicyclist safely, a driver should allow the cyclist a three-foot safety zone on either side.
Turning can also contribute to bicycle accidents when drivers are not cognizant of cyclists. A driver who is turning right ought to check over his or her right shoulder to ensure that by turning he or she will not be cutting off a cyclist. Additionally, a driver should check the curb lane to make sure there are no cyclists in his or her path. A driver who is turning left should not only check the crosswalk for pedestrians, but also should ensure that no cyclists are coming into the vicinity.
Even something as simple as opening a car door can lead to an accident. A driver should check his or her vehicle's mirrors and also look over his or her shoulder to ensure no cyclists are approaching before opening an automobile's door.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of a driver who did not follow these or other safety precautions, you may have a legal cause of action. An experienced Indiana personal injury attorney may be able to offer guidance.
Source: AAA, "Common Vehicle-Bike Collisions," accessed Mar. 4, 2016