Most bike accidents in Louisville occur at intersections. In fact, 95% of car-on-bike accidents involve crossing or turning, something which can often be prevented by increasing riding/driving awareness. If you've been injured in a bicycle accident, contact a Louisville personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
Two simple mistakes cause the majority of intersections collisions:
- Drivers - motorists underestimate how fast the bicyclists are traveling.
- Cyclists - cyclists go through an intersection in the wrong lane or position.
There are several ways you, as a cyclist, can promote safety at intersections:
- Use the rightmost lane that will get you to where you're going.
- Don't use right-turn-only lanes as your regular riding lane or to get out of the way of vehicles.
- When there are two left-turn lanes, ride in the rightmost lane.
- In dual-destination lanes, stay to the appropriate side of the lane to signal to drivers which way you'll be turning.
- Transition into an intersection in a traffic lane, as opposed to a crosswalk.
- When making a right turn at an intersection, take your place in traffic instead of riding onto the shoulder to avoid being cut off by vehicles that are also turning right.
As a bicyclist, you should keep in mind that you have a right and responsibility to know the rules of the road and to manage your space on roadways properly.
Keeping aware and alert while riding will go a long way in preventing car and bike accidents in Louisville. If you have already been injured in a bike accident, talk to a Louisville personal injury attorney about filing a claim for your injuries.
Contacting a Louisville Personal Injury Attorney
Learning proper intersection crossing techniques can help prevent bike accidents in Louisville. A Louisville personal injury attorney at Gray and White Law can help you handle every aspect of your Louisville bike accident claim. If you've been injured in Kentucky, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case - 1-888-450-4456 or 1-502-210- 8942.