Bicycle Accidents

Tennessee Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Riding a bicycle is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to commute to work, run errands, or just enjoy a warm day, but it can also be a dangerous activity—especially when other people on the roadway fail to watch for the presence of bicyclists.

Because bicyclists lack protection beyond basic life-saving equipment like helmets, even minor accidents can result in serious injuries. And while the property damage that bicyclists incur after an accidents is relatively minor, the pain and suffering can be much more debilitating and cause them to miss weeks, months, or even years of work—all while facing expensive medical bills and extensive rehabilitation.

What Causes Bicycle Accidents?

Accidents are a part of life, but bicyclists are at higher risk than people who travel via passenger vehicles due to their small profile on the road. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Drivers turning into bicyclists

    Whether a bicyclist is crossing a street or making a turn, situations where he’s no longer riding in a straight line with the flow of traffic are situations when he or she is the most vulnerable to accidents. Because drivers scan their vision for street signs, traffic lights, and other vehicles, they rarely look for bicyclists unless they are directly in front of them. That means bicyclists who are turning or crossing the road may be overlooked by drivers and struck by their vehicles.

  • Drivers drifting into bike lanes

    Many cities throughout Middle Tennessee have lanes designated specifically for bicyclists. While those lanes are great for reducing the risk that bicyclists face, they don’t eliminate it completely. When riding alongside a vehicle, bicyclists can be seriously injured if the vehicle drifts towards the bike lane even momentarily. All it takes is a slight shift in direction for one or two seconds for a vehicle to force a bicyclist off the road or collide with the bicyclist.

  • Drivers running stop signs or red lights

    Stop signs and red lights are vital not only to direct the flow of traffic at intersections, but also to protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists themselves. However, because drivers are generally used to scanning the environment at intersections for vehicles and pedestrians, they may overlook the presence of bicyclists. In addition, some drivers who think the coast is clear may run stop signs and red lights without slowing down, putting bicyclists at risk of being involved in serious accidents.

  • Bicyclists riding in unpredictable or erratic patterns

    The fault for bicycle accidents doesn’t always belong to the driver. In fact, many bicycle accidents are caused by negligent behavior on the part of the bicyclists themselves. To stay safe, bicyclists should always signal their intentions at intersections by using hand signals to show that they are turning or stopping. In addition, bicyclists should ride in a smooth, predictable pattern without zigzagging, drifting between vehicles, or cutting sharply in front of vehicles while in traffic.

Bicycle safety requires the vigilance and caution of everyone who shares the road in Tennessee. If everyone is aware of the presence of bicyclists—especially in residential and urban areas where bicyclists are more common—the risks that bicyclists face on a daily basis can be reduced significantly.

Matt Hardin Law Fights for Bicycle Accident Victims

If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident caused by a driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for things like medical bills and lost wages. To find out how our Tennessee bicycle accident lawyers can help you, just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form.

Matt Hardin Law’s legal team represent bicycle accident victims throughout the Volunteer State, including Nashville, Memphis, Cookeville, Clarksville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, and more.

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