Western New York bicyclists are in a tough position. In New York, drivers and bicyclists are supposed to share the road and follow the rules of the road. Sometimes drivers fail to do that. When a negligent driver hits a bicyclist, the person on the bike usually suffers serious injuries.
Because bikes do not carry insurance like cars, bike riders often don’t know where to turn when it comes to getting their medical bills and lost wages paid after a personal injury accident.
We act quickly in bicycle accident cases to make sure that our clients’ immediate expenses are paid by the appropriate insurance while pursuing a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the injury.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
The vast majority of bicycle accidents involve a collision between a bicycle and a vehicle. Some of the most common causes of these crashes include:
Car Turning Right
Many bicycle accidents occur when a car is attempting to turn right at an intersection and the driver fails to see the bicyclist. Usually, the driver of the vehicle is at fault in these accidents. If the bicyclist wasn’t following the rules of the road, she can also be held partly liable.
Left turn accidents occur when a bicyclist is going straight and a motorist turns in front of or into them. This often occurs when the motorist isn’t paying attention and fails to see the bicyclist before making the turn.
Many Buffalo and Western New York accidents take place at intersections where the driver has a stop sign and the bicyclist does not. The rule in this case is that the bicyclist has the right of way and is free to pass through the intersection. If a driver enters the intersection they can be found be at fault.
Rear End Collisions
Even a slight tap from behind can cause a bicyclist to completely lose control of the bike, which usually means serious injuries.
Injured on a bicycle? We can help.
We act quickly in bicycle accident cases to make sure that our clients immediate expenses are paid by the appropriate insurance while pursuing a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the injury. Call us at 716-400-0000 for a free consultation.