When a driver does not havetheir full attention on the road, they risk not seeing a bicyclist in time to avoid an accident. Cell phone use, eating or drinking, talking to passengers, looking for something on the floor or in the glove compartment, or brushing hair/applying makeup create dangerous conditions for bicyclists on the road.
If a driver does not look before changing lanes, changes without signaling or changes lanes too fast, they can collide with a bicyclist.
In order for a bicyclist to safely share the road with cars, vehicles should maintain a distance of 1.5 meters (or about 5 feet). When a vehicle does not leave adequate space for a bicyclist, it increases the chances of a collision and makes it far more difficult for a bicyclist to move out of the way of an approaching vehicle.
Driving too fast creates very hazardous conditions for bicyclists. A speeding vehicle may not be able to avoid a collision, and the faster a vehicle is traveling, the more severe the injuries will be for the bicyclist.
A driver under the influence of alcohol or prescription or illegal drugs will have reduced coordination, impaired judgment and slower reaction time, and at increased risk of causing an accident.
In intersections, turns and roundabouts where vehicles are required to yield to other traffic, many drivers do not look for bicyclists and can cause an accident.
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In order to claim compensation for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, it must be proven that another party caused the accident through negligent behavior. A personal injury lawyer will build a case to demonstrate the other party was at fault.
A personal injury lawyer will also have expert knowledge of all types of compensation their client is entitled to, including medical costs, lost income, property damage and pain and suffering.
A lawyer will also negotiate with insurance companies on their client’s behalf, and pursue the largest settlement their client is entitled to under the law. Insurance companies may make an initial low offer, in the hopes the claimant will accept it to get the process over with. A personal injury lawyer will counteroffer until a fair settlement is reached