Accidents Caused by Bicyclists
Although most people’s initial reaction is to blame the driver in auto accidents involving bicyclists, sometimes careless or reckless cyclists are actually the ones at fault. Just as motorists are responsible for giving cyclists the space and respect they would another driver, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorists. When people on bikes act irresponsibly, they put themselves and others at risk of terrible accidents.
Dangerous Cyclist Behavior
When operating their bikes with due caution and attention to traffic laws, cyclists can enjoy good exercise as well as environmentally-friendly travel. However, not all bicyclists adhere to traffic regulations as they should. Some common types of dangerous cyclist behavior that can endanger multiple people on the road include:
- Not signaling turns
- Not staying in designated bike lanes
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Coasting through stop signs and red lights
- Not yielding right-of-way
In order to drive safely around cyclists, motorists have to be able to predict the behavior of people riding bikes, based on the idea that the bicyclists will follow traffic laws. When bicyclists disregard traffic laws, they are putting themselves and others at risk for serious traffic accidents.
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident because a bicyclist acted dangerously or recklessly, you could be due financial compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, auto repair costs, and other damages. Contact the experienced attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today by calling 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.