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3 dangers for cyclists

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Personal Injury Law

While riding a bike can be healthy and eco-friendly, it can be more dangerous than riding inside a car. Bikes don’t have the same protective measures that cars do, such as seatbelts and airbags. Cyclists often only have plastic helmets to protect them, which can do very little. As a result, cyclists can suffer from traumatic brain and spine injuries.

There are several dangers that cyclists may find on the road that can lead to severe injuries. Here’s what you should know:

1. Dooring

“Dooring” is a common accident that happens when a car door is opened into the path of a cyclist. When a driver or passenger doesn’t look for cyclists before opening their door, a cyclist may hit the door and fly off of their bike. Most cyclists don’t have enough time to stop their bike before hitting a car door.

2. Road sharing and negligent drivers

Many roads do not provide safe places for cyclists. At most, cyclists may have a thin strip of pavement where they can ride their bikes, but that doesn’t guarantee a cyclist’s safety. Many cyclists have to ride their bikes in the same space as vehicles. If a vehicle doesn’t give a cyclist enough space on a road, the cyclist can suffer from severe injuries.

3. Potholes

Potholes are not great for the integrity of vehicles. But, most potholes don’t endanger occupants of motor vehicles. However, a cyclist can suffer from severe injuries if they ride into a pothole. A bike’s wheel may get caught in a pothole and knock a rider down. Cyclists may have a harder time seeing potholes at night or when it’s raining.

If you’re suffering from severe injuries after a cycling accident, then it can help to reach out for legal help to learn about how you can receive compensation for your medical bills.