5 Common Bicycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them

x240-kG2.jpg” width=”1027px” alt=””/>Some mistakes leading to bicycle accidents in England, Scotland and Wales are repeated time and time again. Cyclists Car Accident Representation are vulnerable road users and the consequences for them can be serious, sometimes even resulting in death.
With greater awareness on the part of both drivers and cyclists of what some of the more common accident scenarios are, it may be possible to reduce the frequency of these accidents.
Here are five of the more common cycling accidents:
1. ‘Dooring’. A driver or passenger of a parked car opens their door into the road. Occasionally a passenger in a vehicle stopped in traffic will do this. A cyclist is travelling in the ‘door zone’, which is to within opening arc of a vehicle’s door. The cyclist hits the door, or swerves to avoid it and is hit by a vehicle behind them or is hit by the door as they pass. Cyclists can be killed in these accidents.
Drivers and passengers might avoid causing these accidents by checking their mirror or over their shoulder before opening a door. Cyclists might avoid this accident by staying out of the ‘door zone’ if possible. They should try to be note vehicles parked to their left with occupants and stay aware of what they are doing, if possible.
2. Turning left. A vehicle, particularly a lorry, turns left without the driver checking their left mirror first. The mirror may not be positioned properly, particular on a large vehicle. Car Accident Settlement Payouts The cyclist is cut up or ends up under the wheels of the turning vehicle, particularly if it is large. Cyclists can be killed, again particularly if a large vehicle is involved.
Drivers might avoid this accident by making sure they check their left mirror before turning left. Drivers and their employers, if a commercial vehicle, should check their mirrors, particularly in the case of lorries, are positioned so that they can see where a cyclist would be. Cyclists might avoid this accident by taking care not to undertake a waiting vehicle signalling left. They should consider hanging back rather than moving up alongside large vehicles at traffic lights, particularly if it might turn left. They should bear in mind that a large vehicle may need to swing left from the right hand lane due to its size even to make a right hand turn.
3. Pulling out. A vehicle pulls out of a minor road onto a major one without giving way to a cyclist on the major one. The cyclist either hits the side of the emerging vehicle, swerves to avoid it and is hit by another vehicle or is hit side on by the emerging vehicle (‘T boned’).
Drivers can avoid this accident by checking properly before pulling out. Sometimes vision is restricted and they need to edge out, but they should bear in mind there could be a cyclist travelling close to the kerb to their right so they should look for this as well as looking out for motorised traffic closer to the middle of the lane. It might be difficult for a cyclist with priority to avoid this accident except by trying to be aware of vehicles which are pulling out or about to do so. Looking at the driver and trying to make eye contact might help a cyclist ascertain whether the driver is aware of them and if the cyclist feels the driver is not, they may consider slowing down or changing their road position to reduce the chance of a collision.
4. Turning right. An oncoming vehicle fails to give way and turns right. The cyclist hits the turning vehicle, swerves to avoid it and crashes or is hit by the turning car. As with the ‘pulling out’ bicycle accident scenario, the cyclist has priority but that does not mean a driver will not cut them up. Some divers seem to think it is fine to cut across cyclists, even if it causes the cyclist has to brake, where they would not do the same with another motorised vehicle. This may sometimes be because they assume a cyclist is slower than they actually are simply because they are a cyclist and not a motorised vehicle.
Drivers can avoid this accident by giving way to cyclists as they would to motorised vehicles. They should not assume that a cyclist will be travelling slowly simply because their vehicle’s engine is powered by a human rather than a motor. As with the ‘pulling out’ bicycle accident scenario, it might be difficult for a cyclist with priority to avoid this type of accident. Once again, looking at the driver and considering slowing down or changing their road position may be the best defences they have in this situation.
5. Changing lanes. A vehicle on a dual carriageway changes lanes from right to left. A cyclist is cut up or sideswiped.
As with the ‘turning left’ cycling accident scenario, drivers can avoid this accident by checking their left mirror before changing lanes. They should remember to give cyclists space when passing them and pulling in front of them. A vehicle, particularly a large one, passing too close could cause a cyclist to crash without even touching them due to buffeting. As with other cycling accident scenarios where the cyclist has priority, it may be difficult for a cyclist to avoid this type of accident. However, if they check regularly over their right shoulder, they may see a situation developing soon enough to give them a chance to take evasive action in time.

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