Many people in Texas choose to ride bicycles rather than drive cars. Bicycles are economical, plus they allow riders to get much-needed exercise.
However, riding a bicycle can be dangerous. Motorists often do not see them, so they are often involved in accidents. In addition, there are issues such as inadequate infrastructure and a lack of education. Bike lanes and bike paths are not always present, so bicyclists are exposed to roads with large vehicles. Bicyclists and motorists are often unaware of each other’s rights and responsibilities on the road.
Bicycle accidents can be catastrophic for the rider. If you have been affected, get the legal help you need from a San Antonio bicycle accident lawyer from the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
It’s important for bicycle riders and motorists to be aware of how bicycle accidents happen. Here are the most common causes:
- Distracted driving. Drivers often use smartphones, adjust the radio, read, eat, apply makeup, deal with pets and children, and do other things while behind the wheel. These things are distracting and can cause motorists to collide with bicycles.
- Intersection conflicts. Bicycles and vehicles may have issues at intersections. They may fail to obey traffic signals. There may be collisions when a vehicle is turning and does not see the bicycle.
- Unsafe road conditions. Potholes, uneven road surfaces, and debris can cause cyclists to lose control and fall. A lack of bike lanes can also be unsafe, causing cyclists to share the road with motor vehicles and increasing the risk of accidents.
- Weather conditions. Slippery roads can cause bike riders to lose control. They should be mindful of driving in rain, snow, and ice, all of which can increase the risk of accidents for cyclists.
- Poor visibility. Bicycles are small and hard to see, even in the best of conditions. Inadequate lighting, especially at night, can make it harder for motorists to see bicyclists.
- Drunk driving. Drunk drivers are dangerous to cyclists. Their judgment is impaired, and their reaction times are reduced, making accidents more likely to occur.
- Road rage. Motorists can sometimes get aggressive around bicyclists. Many drivers do not like bicycle riders invading their space, so they engage in aggressive driving behavior, such as speeding, tailgating, and running the bikes off the road.
- Cyclist behavior. Motorists are not always the ones at fault for bicycle accidents. In some cases, they are the ones causing the crashes. Many bike riders think the rules of the road do not apply to them. They may run red lights or stop signs or ride against traffic. These actions increase the likelihood of bicycle accidents.
Contact Our San Antonio Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
Bicycles are small, making them prone to accidents. Riders lack protection and can be seriously injured or killed.
The Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C., can assist you if you have been involved in a bike crash. We provide aggressive legal representation so that you get the physical and financial recovery you need to be made whole. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (210) 510-1111.