Bicycle Arm Fracture Injury Case
The bike accident and injury lawyers at Pritzker Olsen law firm are representing a bicyclist who was injured in a car accident. The cyclist suffered a hairline fracture in her arm as a result of a car colliding with her bicycle. As the cyclist approached an intersection, the oncoming vehicle failed to yield and took a left-hand turn and hit the rear left side of the bike.
Cyclists and Motorists Sharing the Road
About 30 percent of bike-car accidents happen because of the motorist’s failure to yield, according to the City of Minneapolis. The city suggests motorists keep a few things in mind to reduce the risk of a cyclist-motorist collision:
- In a lane too narrow for a car and bike to travel side-by-side, cyclists must have the width of an entire lane.
- Motorists should use caution when making right or left turns, looking out for rear-approaching or oncoming cyclists.
- Drivers should give cyclists a 3-foot clearance area when passing.
- Do not speed. “A cyclist’s chances of survival in a crash are greatly improved when the vehicles involved are traveling at a slower speed.”
Other common bicycle-automobile crash scenarios
- Cyclist’s failure to yield
- Cyclists fail to wear lights and/or reflective gear at night
- Bicycle riders travel the wrong direction on the wrong side of the street
- Opening car doors
- Bikes hit from behind