Thousands of cyclists are hurt in traffic accidents every year across California, including in Folsom. According to a recent report from the California Office of Traffic Safety, more than 10,000 cyclists were injured, and 133 cyclists died in bicycle accidents statewide in a single year.
Because of the significant size difference between bicycles and cars, cyclists often suffer more severe injuries than the occupants of passenger vehicles involved in collisions.
The Folsom bicycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, want to help if you have been injured in a collision with a car. Our personal injury attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping crash victims secure fair compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered and losses they’ve incurred. We have earned a reputation for excellence, and our clients have recovered significant compensation with our help.
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Causes of Folsom Bicycle Accidents
Some of the more common reasons accidents occur include:
- Driving too close when passing — California law requires drivers to leave at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a cyclist when the driver is passing a bicycle. If there’s not enough room for the driver to allow three feet of space, the driver should slow down and only pass the cyclist when it’s safe to do so.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way — In many cases, bicycle accidents result from drivers failing to stop at yield signs, stop signs, traffic lights, or cyclists in a crosswalk.
- Distracted driving — Distracted drivers may not notice a cyclist who’s nearby or in their path, until it’s too late to avoid a crash, or they may not see the cyclist until a collision has already happened. Common causes of distracted driving include texting while driving, talking on the phone, using a navigation device, talking to passengers, listening to music, snacking, and grooming.
- Impaired driving — A driver who’s been drinking alcohol or using drugs can easily misjudge the distance between their car and other things around them, including cyclists, leading to a crash. In some cases, an impaired driver may not realize there’s a cyclist close by until a collision happens or it’s too late to avoid a crash.
- Speeding and aggressive driving — The faster a car moves, the longer it takes to slow down and stop, making it hard for a driver to avoid hitting a cyclist in the roadway. Making unsafe lane changes, following too closely, and other aggressive actions can also lead to a bicycle accident.
- Driver fatigue — Someone who’s failed to get proper rest might be so tired that they have trouble seeing and reacting to nearby cyclists. In extreme cases, driver fatigue can cause drivers to drift out of their lane and hit a cyclist.
- Poor road conditions — If there’s something in the road that affects a vehicle’s traction — such as snow, ice, rain, or gravel — it may prevent the driver from being able to stop or swerve in time to avoid hitting a cyclist.