Cycling is a popular form of recreation, exercise, and transportation, especially in the summer months. Unfortunately, driver carelessness poses an ongoing threat to bicyclists throughout the Capital District.
One of the major causes of bicycle accidents is distracted driving. Although drivers have a responsibility to stay focused on the road and operate their vehicles safely, many put their safety and the safety of others in jeopardy by prioritizing other tasks while behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a distracted driver, please call (518) 463-7784 today for a free consultation. Dreyer Boyajian LLP serves clients in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Schenectady, and nearby areas of New York.
To drive safely, drivers must keep their eyes and minds on the road and their hands on the wheel. Distractions of any kind compromise the visual, cognitive, and manual skills drivers need to be safe.
The most serious form of distracted driving is using a cell phone behind the wheel. Texting, checking social media, and other activities on a mobile phone all compromise the ability to drive safely.
However, distractions behind the wheel can take many forms, including:
When any of these actions draw the driver’s attention from the road, the risk of an accident rises. This is true even if the distraction lasts for only a few seconds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers can travel the length of a football field without looking at the road in the 5 seconds it takes to read or write a text message.
Anyone in the vicinity of a distracted driver is in danger of a collision. However, bicyclists have a higher likelihood of severe injury in the event of an accident. This is due to several factors:
Bicyclists are also in danger even if they are not struck by a distracted driver. In a near-miss accident, for example, you may be forced off the road in order to avoid a vehicle that comes too close. Although in this case you were not struck by the vehicle, the distracted driver is still liable for your injuries.
Driver distractions can still be hazardous even if a vehicle isn’t moving. A driver who is talking on the phone, texting, or otherwise distracted may open the car door without checking for oncoming bicyclists. Open door accidents present a serious risk of injury.
Drivers of motor vehicles have a responsibility to keep their eyes on the road. However, bicyclists can take additional steps to reduce the risk of an accident:
Although bicycle accidents can happen anywhere on the road, cyclists should pay special attention when traveling through an intersection. Intersections are the most common location for bike accidents.
Distracted driving is an epidemic on roads throughout the Capital District. If you have been struck by a distracted driver while riding your bike, Dreyer Boyajian LLP will pursue the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. View our results to see previous verdicts and settlements we have achieved on behalf of our clients.
For a free case review, please call (518) 463-7784 or contact Dreyer Boyajian LLP online today. Our bicycle accident lawyers serve clients in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Troy, and nearby areas of New York.