Another common reason that bicycle accidents occur is because the bicyclist was riding on the wrong side of the road. Many people believe it is safer to ride against traffic because that is said about walking. Bicyclists should actually do the opposite, and ride with traffic whenever possible.
More than half of bicycle accidents occur in or near a traffic intersection. One reason that this is true is because bicyclists often ride in the wrong lane in intersections. Bicyclists should always be in the rightmost lane in the direction they are traveling, including while in an intersection. Laws can vary by jurisdiction about riding your bike through a crosswalk. Some areas in Arizona allow it, while others don’t. If you plan to travel by bicycle, you should review all relevant traffic laws, including whether you can ride a bicycle in a crosswalk.
Bicycle accidents also frequently occur when one or both parties isn’t following traffic signals. Speed limits and stop signs and stop lights must be followed, or there can be deadly results, especially for bicyclists. This can also occur in construction zones, where lanes may be closed or narrowed, so bicyclists need to ride in lanes typically meant for cars.
Whether the police arrive at the scene of your accident, you should exchange insurance information with the other party. It can be faster to take a picture of the other party’s driver’s license, if they’ll allow it. You should also get the information of any other witnesses at the scene. Their testimony can be a valuable piece of evidence when you pursue a personal injury claim.
Don’t ignore the pain and discomfort you feel after a bicycle accident. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible, for several reasons. Your doctor may need to order further testing or prescribe treatments that will prevent further injury. Adrenaline could cause you to temporarily not feel pain from your injuries. Some injuries may remain dormant for a while after the accident, so you should visit a doctor before agreeing to any settlement from the other driver’s insurance company.