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Common ways cyclists are injured in road accidents

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Injuries

Cycling is a popular way to get around, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. However, riding a bike on the road can come with risks, especially when it comes to accidents involving other vehicles.

To protect yourself when cycling, be aware of these common ways you could get injured in a road accident.

1. Collisions with cars

One of the most frequent causes of cyclist injuries is collisions with cars. When drivers fail to see cyclists or do not give them enough space on the road, accidents can happen. These collisions often result in serious injuries for cyclists, including broken bones, head injuries and even fatalities.

2. Dooring

Dooring accidents occur when a driver or passenger in a parked car opens their door into the path of an oncoming cyclist. This can catch cyclists off guard, leading to collisions and injuries. To prevent these accidents, drivers and passengers should habitually check for cyclists before opening their car doors.

3. Unsafe lane changes

Sometimes, drivers may change lanes without properly checking their blind spots or signaling, putting cyclists at risk. Cyclists can get injured if a car suddenly veers into their path, causing them to swerve or collide with the vehicle.

4. Right hooks

A right hook accident happens when a vehicle turns right in front of a cyclist, cutting them off or causing a collision. This often occurs at intersections or when vehicles are making turns without yielding to cyclists who have the right of way.

5. Road hazards

In addition to accidents involving other vehicles, cyclists can also get injured due to road hazards such as potholes, debris or uneven surfaces. Hitting these hazards at high speeds can cause cyclists to lose control and crash.

6. Distracted driving

Drivers who are distracted by their phones, passengers or other activities are less likely to notice cyclists sharing the road with them. This can lead to accidents as drivers fail to react in time to avoid colliding with cyclists.

By understanding common causes of accidents and practicing safe cycling habits, cyclists can reduce their risk of injury and enjoy a safer ride.