In the five years from 2015 to 2020, more than 4,700 North Carolina bicyclists were injured in accidents with motor vehicles. Almost 107 of those cyclists were killed. Nationwide, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes with motor vehicles just in 2018.
The phrase “Share the Road” is more than just a catchy slogan; it’s the law in North Carolina. That means that bicyclists are entitled to the same roadway as any other vehicle. While cyclists are encouraged to stay to the right side of the lane, the rider is legally able to travel in the full lane. But motorists too often either don’t know the road rules for bikes or they fail to exercise the necessary care to avoid hitting a bike rider.
Like all motor vehicle accidents, the person responsible for the crash that caused the victim’s injuries is liable for all resulting damages. When a car or a truck hits a person riding a bicycle, it is common for the cyclist to suffer serious or fatal injuries. Negligent motorists injure most bicycle riders when they commit one of these mistakes:
Riding in the same direction as the flow of traffic is recommended for safe cycling. But motorists fail to leave a safe distance when they pass the bike on the side of the road. The cyclist can’t see behind him and must trust that a driver won’t hit him. These types of bike accidents frequently result in very serious injuries to the rider.
Motorists approaching intersections usually check for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and other potential hazards in front of them. But drivers often fail to check for cyclists approaching near the curb from behind their car. When the motorist steps on the gas to turn right, the driver cuts in front of the cyclist causing the bike to collide with the car.
These accidents usually result in the cyclist being thrown over the hood of the car and onto the pavement, head first. While helmets provide some protection, cyclists still suffer serious head injuries.
Motorists turning left in an intersection won’t usually turn in front of an oncoming car, but they frequently fail to yield to a bicyclist approaching the intersection along the opposite curb. Bikes are entitled to the same right-of-way as a motorist would be in similar situations. A left turn in front of a bike is the same as turning into oncoming traffic.
Injuries suffered by bicyclists in these accidents are often serious or life threatening. In most cases, the cyclist is either directly struck by the accelerating car or the rider is violently thrown from the bike.
Riding a bicycle is great exercise and can be fun. Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular sport on a competitive level too. But whether you peacefully riding on a neighborhood street or racing along a country road, all bicycle riders commonly suffer these serious injuries if they are involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle:
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