People choose to ride bicycles for all the right reasons. Fresh air, exercise, protecting the environment, and saving money are a few of those reasons. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned bicyclists face danger when they share the road with motorists. According to data collected by the Utah Department of Public Safety, nearly 800 bicyclists are hit by cars each year in Utah, and almost all of them suffer injuries or worse.
Who Is Most Often Involved in Bicycle Crashes?
Sadly, it is often young drivers and young bicyclists who are involved in bicycle crashes. Whether due to carelessness or inexperience, young people are clearly at risk on bikes. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 61 percent of bicycle accident victims were under the age of 30, with 285 victims being under the age of 20. As for the drivers responsible for colliding with bikes, most of them were in the 20- to 24-year-old age group and half of them were under the age of 40.
What Are the Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Utah?
While motorists are more often at fault in collisions with bicycles than the bicyclists, they are not always to blame. When the driver is at fault, it is usually for the following reasons:
- Failure to yield
- Hit and run
- Driver distraction
- Improper turn
- Vision impaired by glare
Over half of motorists who hit bicyclists were turning at the time of the collision, a clear indication that drivers have to be more aware of the presence of bikes, especially when turning. In 48 percent of car-bicycle collisions, the bicyclist did nothing to contribute to the crash, but when bicyclists are at fault, it is usually for the following reasons:
- Riding on the wrong side of the road
- Crossing the street improperly
- Disregarding a traffic signal or sign
Bicyclists were most often hit in marked crosswalks in 2013, but were also hit in roadways, on shoulders, on sidewalks, and in unmarked crosswalks.
When You Are Injured, William Enoch Andrews Can Help
As a personal injury attorney in Salt Lake City, William Enoch Andrews has represented many victims of bicycle accidents. He knows what kind of driver error to look for and how to document the victim’s injuries and medical treatments to ensure the highest possible settlement from the at-fault driver. If you or your child was hit by a motorist while riding a bike, contact our office now. Find out what William Enoch Andrews can do for you.