Of the more common circumstances under which a cyclist may be involved in an accident, most vehicle-versus-bicycle accidents occur at intersections. This might be surprising, but the majority of cycling accidents occur when a cyclist simply loses control of his or her bicycle and crashes.
There are several different types of vehicle-versus-bicycle accidents that may occur at an intersection.
Accidents at Stop Signs
The two types of accidents at stop signs occur when a cyclist has a stop sign and the car does not, or, the opposite, when a car has a stop sign and a cyclist does not. In the first circumstance, if the cyclist stops at his or her stop sign, but then continues on, pulling out in front of the vehicle, the cyclist will likely be at fault. In the alternative, if a car has a stop sign, stops properly, but then pulls out in front of the cyclist who has the right-of-way, the vehicle’s driver will likely be at fault.
Cyclist’s Failure to Yield
If a cyclist approaches an intersection and fails to yield to a car, often simply because the cyclist didn’t see the car, or misjudged the speed at which the car was traveling, the cyclist will be at fault for an accident that occurs.
Car Turning Left
If a driver doesn’t see a cyclist or misjudges the cyclist’s speed and turns left, thereby cutting the cyclist off, the driver will be at fault.
Car Turning Right
There are several different scenarios under which an accident might occur when a car turns right into a cyclist. A cyclist might pass a slower car on the right, and the car makes a right turn into the cyclist. If a car and bike are side-by-side at a light and the light changes, the car might turn right and hit the cyclist. In both of these scenarios, the car will likely be at fault.
Take all necessary precautions when riding a bike, however, if you are in an accident, contact the lawyers at Young and Young for a free consultation.