What Are the Most Common Types of Bicycle Accidents?

cycling accidentAfter decades of riding bicycles, it becomes relatively easy to notice a pattern. Cycling accidents tend to look very similar to one another. There are a handful of situations that tend to cause more bike accidents than others. Here are some examples of the most common types of bicycle accidents , followed by how to avoid them.

  • Right Cross – The most common accident. A car pulls out from the right from a street, parking lot or driveway and either hits you or you hit them.
    • Get a headlight for your bike.
    • Ride further left in the lane.
  • Left Cross – A car coming from the opposite direction turns left in front of you or directly into you.
    • Get a headlight for your bike.
    • Don’t pass other cars on the right.
    • Try to make eye contact with the drivers opposite of you preparing to turn.
  • Right Hook – One of the most common accidents, this happens when a car passes you on your left then makes an immediate right turn either just in front of you or directly into you.
    • Ride fully in the lane rather than far left or on the sidewalk.
  • Door Prize – A parallel parked car’s door opens right in front of you, and you either hit it or are forced into the path of a moving car when you try to avoid the door.
    • Ride further left in the lane.
  • Rear Ending – You are riding far right in the lane and a parked car or another obstacle is in your path, forcing you to move out left and into the path of a driver who hits you from behind.
    • Ride further left in the lane.
    • Use a mirror to see cars approaching from behind.
    • Refrain from dipping in and out of the traffic lane.
  • Red Light – You come to a red light and stop to the right of a waiting car instead of behind it, and are hit when the driver turns right on the green light.
    • Avoid stopping to the right of cars at stop signs or red lights.
  • Wrong Way – You are riding on the wrong side of the road and a car pulling out from the left does not see you, then hits you.
    • Don’t ride against traffic. Use the right lane when riding a bicycle.

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