Bicyclists: what to do if you are hit by a car

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With modern commuter solutions, bicycles are being used more often by individuals looking to take advantage of a cost-effective transportation method. Often sharing the road during peak time, cyclists have virtually no protection against a vehicle in an accident.

What should you do if you are a cyclist and in an accident with a vehicle?

First, call 911 to get both medical attention and a police report.

Second, do not talk about the crash to the other party or post about it on social media. Stating you are feeling ‘okay’ before a medical professional has a chance to properly diagnose any injuries will not destroy a case, but it will make things harder once an insurance company is involved. The driver’s insurance company will look for any and all evidence against you to minimize they financial responsibility they face.

This doesn’t mean you are playing the quiet game.

If police, other law enforcement or medical professionals arrive, it is okay to talk to them about the crash. Provide details as you remember them, knowing that your body will likely experience late-stage reactions to adrenaline – meaning, you will feel physically weak, emotional and cold.

Provide your full name and date of birth at a minimum if you have no government issued identification on you at the time of the accident. When sharing your version of events leading up to and following the crash, provide as much detail as possible. Small facts recorded at the time of the accident may trigger memories down the road.

Bystanders are witnesses, get their name and phone number

If there are any bystanders that witnessed the crash, ask them to stay and provide you or the officer their contact information. It often proves useful during a recreation of the event to have a third-party perspective to fill in any gaps that may be undocumented or conflicting.

After the crash: Finding an experienced attorney

After the crash, you may file a claim with the driver’s insurance company within 2 years of the accident to help cover any expenses incurred. However, HarshLaw recommends reaching out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible – specifically, before speaking with any insurance companies as what you say during your initial interviews will have significant weight in any future case or settlement.

Expect the driver’s insurance company to take an extreme adversarial position to any claim. Insurance companies are engineered to minimize the liability of themselves and their clients. Be careful what is said during any discussions and do not volunteer any information.

Insurance companies will act friendly, but they are not your friends. They are highly skilled at mitigating claims.

Top actions to take after a bicycle and vehicle collision

  • Call 911 and request police and EMS to the scene
  • Gather witness information (name, phone number)
  • Ask police how you can obtain a copy of the police report
  • Take pictures of the car and bike
  • Take pictures of the scene
  • Get the vehicle license plate number
  • Do not make a statement to anyone except the police
  • Call HarshLaw at (909) 793-6261
  • Consult with an attorney before you make a claim with any insurance company

Slip and Fall

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slip and fall injury, also known as a trip and fall, is a premises liability claim, a type of personal injury claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) on the premises of another and, as a result, suffering injury. A person who is injured by falling may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injury from the owner or person in possession of the premises where the injury occurred. A personal injury attorney will be able to help with a case of this nature, specifically by defining the extent of damages to the injured party as well as the liability of the property owner due to any negligence.

Liability for slip and fall or trip and fall injuries often fall on the owner of the premises where the injury occurred, their control of the premises, or both. For example, a retail store may be liable for a slip-and-fall injury that occurs inside the premises, even though it rents those premises, because it has exclusive control of the interior of the rented property. The owner of the premises (the retail store’s landlord) may have sole or shared liability for an injury that occurs outside of the premises in common areas or access areas, such as the injury from a fall on the sidewalk or in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Slip and fall cases have two basic elements to determine a valid claim:

  • Lack of negligence: The defendant (store owner) may argue they were not negligent in creating the condition that caused a person to slip and fall, or were not negligent in correcting the condition before injury occurred. For example, the owner of a grocery store may claim that the uncooked rice a patron slipped upon had been dropped on the floor only moments before by another patron. In this case, the storeowner could show this was not a case of negligence, as they did not have reasonable time to discover the danger and take corrective steps to mitigate the danger.
  • Lack of fault: The defendant (store owner) may claim the injured person was responsible for his or her own injury. For example, the store owner may claim that any reasonable patron, exercising due diligence for his or her own safety, would see the hazardous condition of spilled food on the floor, and take those steps necessary to avoid slipping on it.

Premises liability often involves claims more serious than spilled food and often relates to hazardous conditions, including open excavations, uneven pavement, standing water, crumbling curbs, wet floors, uncleared snow, icy walks, falling objects, inadequate security, insufficient lighting, concealed holes, improperly secured mats, or defects in chairs or benches.

In any case, a personal injury attorney is advisable to determine the significance of your claim, as well as evaluate the liability of the property operator and owner. If you have questions about your case, contact Harshbarger Law today.

Pedestrian Lawyer – Auto Accident

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How much can a pedestrian sue when hit by a car?

While you will need to speak with a personal injury lawyer for an answer specific to your situation, the general rule of thumb for Riverside County and San Bernardino County is based on three major factors with the goal of “making the injured person whole again” – while this might sound like the children’s story of Humpty Dumpty falling from his wall, the following is an outline of the major compensation factors:

  • Will you be out of work? If so, how much income loss will you experience as a result of the accident (since the accident and in the future). Will you have to retrain or look for a different career?
  • Will you have medical expenses? If so, future expenses will need to be evaluated as well.
  • Will you have long term limitations? Often described as loss of enjoyment of life but can also include pain and suffering.

Damages are meant to compensate the injured person for all harm that was suffered – both past, present and future. It is often difficult to understand how a financial payment can help someone heal from such a devastating accident, but this is how the legal system works. It is important to work with professionals in evaluating the extent of injuries as initial pain and discomfort often mask long-term issues. If not included in the original claim, it may be difficult to revisit should a future issue arise that was unforeseen.

Can the pedestrian be at fault?

In most cases, the driver of a vehicle will be at fault. However, there are situations where the pedestrian caused the accident to become eminent. Should the pedestrian be found at fault for the accident, they will not be able to sue the driver nor the driver’s insurance company. In most cases for a pedestrian to be at fault, there must be significant evidence showing negligence of the pedestrian, such as:

  • Entering traffic on foot without using proper areas such as cross walks
  • Using a cross walk when it is not the designated turn for the pedestrian
  • Using a street or highway while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Using where pedestrian access is prohibited (posted on all freeways in California)

Shared Fault – What is that?

Sometimes it is clear that both the pedestrian and the driver have contributed to the accident. In this situation, it is referred to as a shared fault. Examples of this may be someone jaywalking but being hit by a driver that was speeding or distracted with their mobile phone and unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.

Comparative Negligence – Where both people share fault

California, like the majority of states, follows the legal doctrine of comparative negligence. In this system, the injured pedestrian can still sue the driver when both parties are at fault. However, the pedestrian may only sue for a percentage of the amount for which they were not responsible for the fault of the accident.

Determining the percentage of fault of any accident has serious implications and a personal injury lawyer provides guidance through the entire process. An example of comparative negligence that is often cited is when a distracted driver struck an intoxicated pedestrian in a crosswalk while the ‘do not walk’ light was illuminated. The accident caused significant injuries of the pedestrian.

In this hypothetical situation, the driver was texting, but otherwise was driving the speed limit and stopped to assist immediately at the scene. The pedestrian, intoxicated, was using the cross walk, but during a time which the “do not walk” light was illuminated. In this situation, the driver should not have been on the road, but the pedestrian also should have not been on the crosswalk, and also could have prevented the accident by not walking into the vehicle’s path.

A jury may determine the fault to be 2/3 driver and 1/3 pedestrian citing that the pedestrian should have seen the driver and avoided the situation all together, but that ultimately it was the driver that failed to.

Assuming the total damages awarded was $1 million, the pedestrian would be able to sue for 2/3 of the amount, approximately $667,000.

Closing Thoughts

Keep in mind this is all hypothetical and your case will be different. A personal injury lawyer will have the experience and empathy to understand the nuances of your situation and recovery. Contact attorney Harshbarger Law to answer your questions with a free consultation.

California Accident Lawyer – Harshbarger Law Motorcycle accident rates have risen steadily for 25 years in Southern California

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Data source:

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – Most Recent Annual Data via Office of Traffic Safety

Total Fatal and Injury1626313/58
Alcohol Involved17666/58
Had Been Drinking Driver < 21927/58
Had Been Drinking Driver 21 – 346285/58
Pedestrians < 15 7242/58
Pedestrians 65+4953/58
Bicyclists < 15 4353/58
Speed Related370123/58
Nighttime (9:00pm – 2:59am)15489/58
Hit and Run98229/58

*The OTS Rankings were developed so that individual cities could compare their city’s traffic safety statistics to those of other cities with similar-sized populations. Cities could use these comparisons to see what areas they may have problems in and which they were doing well in. The results helped both cities and OTS identify emerging or on-going traffic safety problem areas in order to help plan how to combat the problems and help with the possibility of facilitating grants. In recent years, media, researchers and the public have taken an interest in the OTS Rankings. It should be noted that OTS rankings are only indicators of potential problems; there are many factors that may either understate or overstate a city/county ranking that must be evaluated based on local circumstances.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – Motorcycle Accident Rates Only

2016 – Motorcycles90619/58
2015 – Motorcycles85716/58
2014 – Motorcycles65520/58
2013 – Motorcycles27221/58
2012 – Motorcycles52247/58
2011 – Motorcycles54421/58
2010 – Motorcycles21029/58

“I Just Didn’t See Them.”

Little respect is paid to motorcyclists in Southern California. Whether due to the passive-aggressive SUV squeezing closer to prevent lane splitting or improperly checking side view mirrors before a lane change, every rider has experienced near-misses because of careless or distracted drivers.

When a passenger or commercial vehicle driver hits a motorcycle rider, the most common response is “I just didn’t see the motorcycle, they came out of no-where.” This is not a legal excuse, nor even a human response. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, even pedestrians don’t materialize out of thin air using magic – careless drivers are being careless when operating an automobile.

“No one owns the road, we share it.”

Lane-splitting or lane-sharing is legal in California, the only state with such a law with a reported benefit of reducing freeway congestion and air pollution, according to the State of California Office of Transit Safety report. Previously, lane splitting was commonly accepted to help with the performance of certain motorcycles requiring airflow to keep from overheating – however, allowing motorcycle drivers to safely lane-split is one small step toward alleviating traffic congestion for all drives.

Lane splitting usually occurs between the carpool (HOV) lane and left-most non HOV lane (commonly referred to as the ‘fast’ lane) where riders have more room to pass motorists. The sharing of the carpool lane can cause conflicts or a vicious traffic collision such as one that happened about this time last year involving a case of road rage. Drivers either have jealousy of the motorcyclist ability to bypass traffic and use passive-aggressive lane blocking to dangerously attempt to stop the motorcycle in a petty attempt at personal justice (“I’ll show him” mentality) or drivers fail to properly look for motorcyclists when lane changing.

Here are several examples of motorcyclists in collisions with drivers while lane-splitting: (compilation of accidents) (road rage, Southern California)

Motorcyclists ride a 600-pound bike with no protection. Colliding with a 4,000-pound steel car means getting hurt is certain and injuries are often fatal, said the report. While only 20 percent of car crashes result in injury or death, that figure jumps to 80 percent for motorcycle crashes, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Limited visibility is responsible for 38% of fatal motorcycle crashes, according to the NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2011).

When a motorcycle accident occurs, motorcyclists of the Redlands and Inland Empire area face many obstacles, from medical recovery to their recovery of damages. The motorcycle accident lawyers of Harshbarger Law are dedicated to helping victims who have been injured in a crash – whether with an individual or commercial driver. Our attorneys, led by seasoned lawyer Mark Harshbarger, know how to counter the common biases against motorcyclist stereotypes and focus on the facts, the law, and negligence of the automobile driver.

For automobiles, 31% of crashes result in injury but only 0.29% of accidents are fatal. For motorcycles 78.3% of reported crashes result in injury and 4.24% of crashes are fatal. Motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle result in serious injury to motorcyclists versus the driver and passengers of the automobile (NHTSA).

Motorcyclists have very little protection in a collision.  Facts about motorcyclist fatalities:

  • The majority of crashes involving motorcycles are single-vehicle crashes; Safety begins with the rider.
  • Since 2014, riders 40 and older made up the largest percentage of motorcycle fatalities, about 55% of all riders killed in 2013 and 54 percent in 2014, 2015 and 2016. (NHTSA)
  • 48% of motorcyclist deaths in 2016 occurred on weekends. Those deaths were more likely to occur after 6 p.m.
  • About 26% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2016 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08 percent.
  • 68% of the female motorcyclists who died in crashes in 2016 were passengers; The vast majority of male motorcyclists who died were drivers.

Fatalities or catastrophic injuries are common: Spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, back and neck injuries, fractures, amputations, internal injuries, and severe “road rash” burns and abrasions. Injured motorcyclists may have to endure reconstructive surgery or painful rehab and perhaps deal with disability, disfigurement, and the psychological aftermath.

Harshbarger Law works with experts in many fields to help establish liability and detail the case for monetary damages, including punitive damages in appropriate cases.

Hospital bills following a motorcycle accident grow quickly. Compound these medical costs with lost income if the victim cannot return to work for weeks or months, and victims may not be able to support themselves or loved ones in day-to-day living expenses.

Contact our specialists serving Southern California, Inland Empire including both San Bernardino and Riverside County. Harshbarger Law is also able to speak at events to answer questions specific to motorcycle injuries and accidents. Let our lead attorney, Mark Harshbarger, fight for your recovery if you are hit by a careless, uninsured, or underinsured motorist.

Dog Bite Lawyer: How Much Can I Sue for a Dog Bite?

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800,000 people a year head to the emergency room each year because of dog bites. In addition to these unlucky victims, thousands of others go to their own doctors for bites or for injuries related to dog encounters (primarily falls). When a dog has bitten you, the owner is held responsible for the injuries you’ve incurred; learning what to expect can help you determine your next steps.

Compensation for Redlands Dog Bite Injuries

You should seek out a lawyer after you’ve been bitten, because there are many factors that go into determining compensation, including:

  • Medical bills: the cost of treatment, restoration and rehabilitation, including physical and other therapies if needed.
  • Pain and suffering: Dog bites can take a long time to heal and are painful.
  • Lost wages: That long recovery period may mean you can’t go back to work, or can’t perform your specific job, leading to loss of income.
  • Property damage: Did the dog damage your property, like a bicycle or watch? That could be included as well.
  • Punitive damages: Was the owner particularly negligent – either setting the dog loose or knowingly allowing it around others, despite a past history of biting?

Dog Bites and Liability

The other side will work hard to show you share some liability or blame for your bite. Owners are generally held responsible for their dogs’ actions in Redlands. Some exceptions include victims that were trespassing on the dog’s own property; someone climbing over a fence to access a yard who is then bitten by the resident dog will not have much of a case.

Someone who was bitten after taunting or harming the animal in question would also be liable for their own actions – if the dog is protecting itself or it’s owner’s home, then the owner will not likely be liable.

Owners are liable if their dogs break through a fence, run out the door or are simply neglected and allowed to run around loose. An owner who knowingly takes a dog that bites to a park or other public place would also likely be considered responsible for the damage caused by the animal.

What to do After a Dog Bite

It is essential to seek out prompt medical attention after you have been bitten, even if the injury does not seem severe. Dog bits can cause lasting damage to skin and muscles, and if left untreated, can become horribly infected.

Your medical records also help document your case and ensure you receive all you are legally entitled to after you’ve been bitten. The best way to get help for your bite is to contact a dog bite lawyer right away.

Contact us to learn more about your options and to make sure you can recover financially and physically after a traumatic incident like a dog attack. We understand just how scary and damaging a bite can be and will work hard to ensure you are treated fairly by the responsible owner.

After the Crash: When to call a lawyer

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Some car and motorcycle accident cases are so minor a lawyer is not required. If you did not suffer any injuries and just sustained mild property damage, your insurance company (and the other party’s company) can generally sort things out. If you or one of your passengers has been injured, then you should speak to a lawyer before you do anything else. Also consider consulting with an attorney if your accident is more complex, if you are offered a swift settlement or if the other driver is trying to get you to accept some liability. 

When there are injuries in an accident or there are more complex issues involved, then an attorney can almost always ensure you get a better outcome for your case. Working with an attorney also means the other parties involved will have to treat you fairly. If you are unsure if your case needs legal attention, consider the scenarios below: 

4 Times to Call a Redlands Car Accident Lawyer

  • You’re not sure what to do: If you’ve been injured and don’t know what to do next or are overwhelmed, an attorney can always help. A free consultation can be used to assess your case and let you know if you need an attorney, or help you determine next steps. 
  • You’ve been in a complex accident: A simple straightforward accident may not require the assistance of an attorney, but one with special circumstances will. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident or an accident with a fatality or significant injuries, you should get legal help. If you were hit by a commercial vehicle like a truck, someone driving for Uber or there were more than two vehicles involved, legal assistance can help untangle things and ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to by law. 
  • You’ve been offered a hasty settlement: If the insurance company seems to be in a hurry and offers you a settlement, you might be offered less than you are entitled to; you should always check with a lawyer and have any settlement reviewed. The difference between a fast settlement offered to a victim and a settlement offered via an attorney can be astounding, so it is always wise to follow up with an attorney in this case. 
  • The other party claims you are to blame: If you are the victim, but the other driver attempts to turn things around and make it look like you are actually responsible, a lawyer can help you sort things out. When someone tries to shift the blame to you, they are trying to cut their own costs — if you are found to be partially liable, then your eventual compensation for your injuries could be reduced. If someone tries to blame you, you need an attorney to help make sure your case is not damaged and you are treated fairly in court. 

Get Help with your Car Accident Injuries

We understand just how disruptive and damaging a car accident can be — and that a single incident can have a significant impact on your life. When you’ve been injured in a car accident and don’t know what to do, or are feeling pressured and treated unfairly, we can help. Get in touch today for immediate help with your case and talk one on one about your specific details. We’re here to help you during this difficult time. 

After the Crash: Common Costs of Motorcycle Accidents

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Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating injuries for the riders involved; along with the time needed to heal, the medical bills can be overwhelming. Learning more about what to expect from the accident and the most common costs victims experience can help you seek out help at the right time.  While accidents vary, some of the most common costs experienced are detailed below. 

  • Head injuries: Head injuries are by far the most expensive motorcycle injuries to treat; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, costs can vary from a few thousand dollars to over a hundred thousand for a head injury caused by a motorcycle accident. The main differentiating factor in determining outcomes, recovery time and costs is the presence of a helmet. 
  • Bodily harm: Injuries to extremities, skin and the back are also quite costly to heal, with costs starting at a few thousand dollars and ranging upwards from there, 
  • Therapy and recovery costs: Even after your immediate injuries are treated, you may have to go through a range of therapies, from physical therapy or occupational and even speech therapy. The severity and type of your injuries will determine the amount of therapy needed, and the amount of time you’ll be out of commission. 
  • Loss of abilities: If you are unable to perform your regular job or will have lasting damage, your costs won’t be purely medical. You’ll also need to find another job, which means retraining and more education. If you are unable to work at all, then you’ll also need to be compensated for the paychecks and salary you can no longer receive due to your accident. 
  • Lost wages: Injuries mean time away from work and a loss of income; you should be compensated for this time as well, and the costs will depend on what you regularly do and earn. 
  • Pain and suffering: Since a motorcycle accident can have extensive injuries, you may be compensated for the suffering and distress you have been put through after your accident. 
  • Misc: Other incidental expenses from medical devices to equipment can be costly and should be covered as well; property damage to your bike may also be included. 

We hope you stay safe on the road, but if the worst happens we can help. Get in touch right away after you’ve been involved in an accident; we can help ensure you are treated fairly and compensated for your case. We understand the complexities of the motorcycle accidents and can help you get the best possible outcome for your case. 

After the Crash: Determining Fault in Motorcycle Accidents

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A motorcycle accident can lead to devastating and costly injuries. A motorcycle is lightweight and offers little driver protection, so injuries can be severe. Because of this it is important to understand what happens after a Redlands motorcycle accident and how fault is determined.

Who’s to Blame for a Motorcycle Accident?

The liability for a motorcycle accident will determine how much the injured party is compensated – and if they are compensated at all. Determining who caused the accident is a key issue when it comes to motorcycle injuries; if you’ve been injured on your bike, the other party may try to make you responsible for some or all of your injuries.

The details surrounding the crash and even where you live will impact the outcome of your motorcycle case. It is important to understand the rules of the state your accident occurred in; if your motorcycle accident was in California please see below.

Determining Motorcycle Accident Liability in California

Did you contribute to your accident? The opposing side or insurance company will definitely try to show how your actions led to the accident. They will be doing this because the person with the most liability ends up being held responsible for an accident. Liability often plays a large role in determining compensation in motorcycle accident cases.

California looks at liability from both parties and each driver is assigned a portion or percentage of the blame; because of this, California is considered a comparative liability state. Liability is determined by looking at the accident and considering the following factors:

  • If both parties were following all traffic laws
  • Weather and other conditions that neither party can control
  • Negligence, including texting while driving, distracted driving and even road rage

When these factors are considered, one party is generally assigned more blame than the other. If you are found to be partially responsible through your own actions for your accident, your settlement could be reduced by the percentage amount of your liability. 

Since motorcycle accidents can be severe, the amount of damages is often very high. With these high stakes the best way to determine what happens next or to protect your rights is to work with an attorney from the start. Your motorcycle lawyer can ensure your side of the story is heard and you are treated fairly as liability is determined, If you’ve been in an accident, don’t delay; get someone on your side right away. We’re here to make sure you get the best possible outcome for your case.

Bike Accident Help: What to do if you are Hit by a Motor Vehicle While Cycling

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Despite making themselves visible and following the rules of the road, cars hit cyclists every day. Even a minor collision can have lasting results on your health and ability to work; it is essential that you know what to do if you are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. An accident that would be considered a “fender bender” with another car can cause significant injuries to a cyclist, so seeking out prompt medical attention should always be your first priority. 

What to do if you are in an Accident with a Motor Vehicle

If you are in an accident in Redlands, here’s what to do next to ensure your rights are protected and you can be fairly compensated for your damages and injuries. 

Seek out medical attention: Call 911 and accept any care offered or suggested. Head, back and neck injuries are common in bike accidents, as are skin abrasions and broken limbs. All of these need medical attention right away. 

Take photographs: In this type of crash, your bike likely sustained massive damage and is no longer usable. Take pictures of the scene, your bike and any damage caused to the frame and other areas. 

Call the police: If you’ve already called 911, then the police are on the way. If not, then give them a call to ensure an official accident report and the officer’s findings are recorded. 

Talk to witnesses: If you are riding with other cyclists, pedestrians saw your accident or other drivers stopped, you should get contact information to ensure you can get in touch if you need to. These witnesses may have valuable information about the accident that can help you with your eventual case. 

Don’t apologize: Never apologize or accept blame, even if it seems like the polite thing to do. The other driver will be worried about being liable for your damages and may try to get you to admit some liability. Talk to the police about the accident, but do not accept any reasonability for the crash. 

Learning what to do after a crash with a motor vehicle can protect your health and financial future. Since a bike accident can lead to lasting injuries, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney right away. Taking this step will ensure your rights are protected and you are not left unable to work, and without resources. If you have been in an accident, get in touch today to get the help you need to recover and get back on the road quickly. 

Most Common Bicycle Accidents (and how to avoid them)

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Bike accidents can be caused by everything from driver inattention to road rage; learning more about the most common types of bicycle accidents allows you to take steps to prevent accidents when you are sharing the road with motor vehicles. While every accident is unique, most bike accidents fall into one of several categories, detailed below.

3 Types of Common Bike Accidents

Right Side Collisions

These are very common and occur when a car makes a turn that invades the cyclist’s space on the right hand side. In many cases, the cyclist has already passed the car; as the vehicle makes the turn, it clips the bike, causing an accident and injuries. Right side collisions happen when cars are exiting parking lots, alleys, driveways and garages. While left hand accidents can happen, the right side collision is far more common, due to typical traffic patterns and road setups. Avoid this common accident type by increasing your visibility; right side collisions often happen because the driver of the car is not paying attention or does not see the bike until it is too late. 

Rear Ended on a Bike

It happens more often than you would think; a cyclist is rear ended by an impatient or inattentive driver. This accident can occur at any time but is most often seen when traffic is heavy and during rush hour, when drivers are in a hurry to get to work or are heading home. Since a rear end collision on a bike can lead to significant injury, lights, high visibility gear and reflective tape can help make you more visible on the road.

Hit by a Door

These accidents, also called “dooring”, are occurring more frequently, as cyclists begin to share city streets and populated areas with cars. A dooring accident is caused when the driver of a parked car opens the door directly in the path of a cyclist. The bicyclist can’t get out of the way in time, and ends up hitting the door. Again, visibility can help prevent this accident; simple awareness of cars you are approaching or passing can help as well.

Learning more about these common accident types can help you share the road successfully and safely with other drivers. We hope you’ll never need our assistance, but if you are injured in a bicycle accident, we can help. Get in touch right away to talk about your options and discover what our Redlands personal injury team can do for you.