Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Brandon

February 17, 2014

Bicycle Accidents

bicycle accident causesRiding a bicycle can be a great way to stay in shape while getting around town and exploring the area.

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents do happen in Brandon, sometimes resulting in innocent victims being seriously injured.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents, including motor vehicle collisions, poor road conditions and operator error.

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Bicycle accidents involving other vehicles are responsible for many of the most serious bicycle accident injuries. Some common causes of bicycle accidents involving other vehicles include:

  • Attempting to pass a cyclist
  • Opening car door in the path of a cyclist
  • Inability to see a bicyclist
  • Bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road
  • Bicyclists disregarding other vehicles
  • Losing control of a vehicle
  • Drunk driving

Poor Road Conditions

Other factors like weather, surface conditions and other seasonal factors are other common causes of bicycle accidents according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Here in Florida, heavy rainfall can make road conditions treacherous for bicyclists, while riders in other areas face issues like snow and ice. Road conditions can also present a problem for cyclists due to construction, poor maintenance, debris and spills.

Operator Error

Some bicyclists are also injured in accidents caused by errors that they made themselves while riding their bike. Common causes of bicycle accidents like these include:

  • Pedal slips: A foot slipping off of a bicycle pedal at a key moment can result in losing control.
  • Entanglement: Clothing, baggage and other items getting caught on a part of a bicycle can lead to an accident.
  • Mechanical issues: Problems with a bicycle’s brakes, chains, wheels or other issues can be caused by both poor maintenance and manufacturing issues.

Help from a bicycle accident lawyer who serves Brandon injury victims.

If you’ve been severely injured while riding a bike, it may be time to speak with a bicycle accident lawyer with experience serving Brandon injury victims. Call the injury law team of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-800-753-5203.