What are some Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Alpharetta?
Bicycling is a great form of transportation that provides recreation and exercise, is good for the environment, and helps you save money. While bicycling has many benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 515,000 people in the United States visited hospital emergency rooms in 2010 alone due to injuries related to riding a bike. In order to prevent bicycle-related accidents and injuries, all riders should be aware of the most common causes of accidents in order to try to prevent injuries.
Accidents involving motor vehicles are the most common cause of injury to bicycle riders, especially in urban areas. The experienced bicycle accident attorneys at the Alpharetta office of Boling Rice, LLC strive to hold negligent drivers responsible for any injuries to cyclists. If you have been involved in a collision on a bicycle, we will help determine the cause of your accident and help you receive compensation for your losses, so please call today at (770) 355-0780 for assistance.
There are many forms of driver negligence that may cause bicycle collisions, including failing to pay attention to the road, failing to properly yield, improper passing, following too closely, distracted or impaired driving, and more. Drivers and bicyclists are expected to share the road, so there is no excuse for impatient drivers who put bicyclists in harm’s way.
Like any other product, bicycles can malfunction and cause serious accidents. If the brakes, wheels, chain, or other part of a bicycle is defective, the manufacturer who designed or assembled the bicycle should be held responsible for the negligent sale of a defective product. A rider may additionally recover if they suffered head injuries because a helmet was defective.
Dangerous Road Conditions
The government has a duty to adequately maintain the roads so they are safe for use by motorists and bicyclists alike. Potholes, cracks in pavement, or other dangerous conditions can easily cause bicycle crashes. Additionally, such crashes often cause the cyclist to flip over the front of the handlebars, often landing on the roadway and sometimes in the path of oncoming traffic. As you can imagine, injuries from such accidents may be devastating.