The scorching heat means that summer is here. As a bicycle-friendly city recognized by The League of American Bicyclists, it’s nice to see community members utilizing Muncie’s various bike trails and bike-friendly roadways.
However, as you get out in the fresh air, it’s important to be cautious while sharing the road with vehicles. Because bicycles have to share the road with larger vehicles, cyclists typically suffer more severe injuries in collisions with cars than drivers do. It’s important to be aware of the risks and prepare yourself so you stay alert on the road.
Types of Accidents
There are two common types of bicycle and car accidents:
- Left-hand Turn: A motorist turns left directly into the cyclist’s path traveling in the opposite direction. In this case, the cyclist is never seen by the turning motorist.
- Right Hook: A motorist passes the cyclist and then turns right, cutting off the cyclist in their path.
In addition to these common bicycle accidents, collisions with vehicles also are common at intersections. This is mostly related to who has the right of way at an intersection. A cyclist can take extra precautions when approaching and waiting at an intersection:
- Make Your Bicycle More Visible: Add extra reflective gear to the front of your bicycle to get the attention of motorist. Also add reflective gear to the back of your bicycle so cars coming from behind are also more likely to see your bicycle.
- Pay Attention to Approaching Traffic: Sharing the roadway with motorists and cyclists can be tricky at times. Note which vehicles are arriving at the intersection as you are and do not proceed unless you have the right of way.
- Learn Emergency Maneuvers: Unlike motorcycles, a cyclist doesn’t have to participate in required classes to receive a permit for riding on the road. Therefore, educate yourself with numerous ways to avoid a Muncie car accident with different maneuvers.
Does Fault Still Matter in a Muncie Bicycle Accident?
Indiana is a fault state, meaning the driver who is at more than 50 percent responsible for the accident is at fault and responsible for the other party’s possible damages. On a roadway, a cyclist is also considered a driver of a vehicle; therefore, determining fault is still required. Very similar to a Muncie car accident, a Muncie bicycle accident should be treated in the same way:
- Call the police.
- Exchange information with other people involved in the accident.
- Document the scene with photos, notes, and descriptions.
- Do not move your bicycle without taking detailed photos or notes of its condition.
- Ask any eyewitness for their contact information.
- Receive medical attention if you are injured.
Finding fault matters in an accident because that determines who is liable. There might be several parties involved who could be liable, some you might not even be aware of. However, even though determining liability is important, your health is more crucial. Make sure after a bicycle accident to seek medical attention if you are injured. If possible, do not try to continue cycling to your intended destination; call someone you know to pick you up and take you to a doctor if you need one.
Call a Muncie Bicycle Accident Attorney
Collisions are always scary, especially if a cyclist is involved. There may be several people liable in your case that you aren’t aware of. Don’t miss out on the compensation that you are entitled to. Seek the advice of Muncie injury attorneys who are skilled in personal injury and property damage related to bicycle and car accidents. Take advantage of Hensley Legal Group’s free consultation or contact us online today.