Whenever you ride a bike near vehicles, you need to pay attention. However, it is important to understand that there are times when the chances of becoming involved in a traffic accident are especially high. For example, the chances of becoming struck by a vehicle increase when road conditions and visibility are poor.
Moreover, it is important to understand that intersections are especially dangerous, and you should always exercise caution when riding a bike or driving through an intersection.
Statistics highlight the dangers bicyclists face at intersections
The National Transportation Safety Board published data that provides insight into bicycle accidents at intersections. This fact sheet references a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which found that between 2014 and 2016, 65% of nonfatal bike accident injuries took place in intersections. Furthermore, 2017 data shows that in four states, 59% of bicycle accidents involving traffic took place at intersections.
The NTSB points out that while bicycle lanes can help prevent vehicles and bikes from colliding, these lanes cross through intersections, which are particularly dangerous.
Moving forward after a bicycle accident
Following a bicycle accident, you need to carefully examine what occurred on the road. If a driver’s negligence caused you to become injured, such as someone who drove while under the influence of alcohol or went over the speed limit, you need to hold them accountable. Gather as much evidence as you can and look into any resources that might assist in your path to recovery.
Sadly, you could face devastating injuries and financial hardships as a bicyclist after a vehicle hits you in an intersection or any other location.