Bike accidents are a serious matter; with more Americans than ever using their bikes to get to work or for downtime, crashes have unfortunately been on the rise. Cyclists injured in vehicle accidents tend to suffer severe, life-altering injuries, but accidents can also injure innocent car passengers and drivers, too.

Victims who have been injured in vehicle accidents may be entitled to recover compensation via a personal injury claim. Complex legal questions and concerns may emerge immediately after a victim is hurt in a crash and bike accidents are no exception.

Motorists and cyclists alike have a responsibility to share the road as safely as possible. Unfortunately, some cyclist actions can increase the chances of an accident. Here are some of the most common cyclist causes of bicycle accidents that could lead to a personal injury claim:

  • Speeding: Although most cyclists will not be driving at the same speed as a vehicle, cyclists should always be mindful of their speed.
  • Riding too close to a lane with car traffic: Cyclists should always watch their spacing when near a vehicle lane. A good recommendation is to ensure that there’s a minimum of a few feet between the cyclist and the vehicles in the lane.
  • Distracted driving: Being distracted is risky not just for drivers, but also for cyclists. Whether it’s daydreaming or just not paying attention to surroundings, a cyclist who has lost focus could compromise the safety of everyone involved.
  • Lane merging or intersection mistakes: The same rights and responsibilities are held by cyclists as vehicle drivers. Cyclists need to use signals when riding the bike and obey all traffic signs and lights.