7 Commonly Overlooked Dangers That Lead To Cycling Accidents

Vegas Bike Crash

Riding a bike is an economical and environmentally friendly way to get to your school or office. In addition to being an excellent form of transportation, it also helps you stay physically fit while getting acquainted with neighborhoods and parks in your community. At the same time, in the event of an accident, your bike offers little to no protection against injuries that can be severe and in some cases, potentially life threatening. As
bike crash lawyers, we know that accidents can occur, regardless of how experienced a cyclist you are. In order to protect yourself, check out our list of the seven most commonly overlooked dangers cyclists face.

Seven Cycling Dangers To Be Aware Of

As a responsible cyclist, you may think you have taken the steps necessary to avoid accidents and injuries. While using a helmet and other protective gear and performing proper bike maintenance is smart, there are still hazards when riding that you may not have considered. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 50,000 cyclists are injured and over 700 killed each year in cycling accidents in the U.S., and seven commonly overlooked dangers include the following:

  • Not being aware of driver blind spots: Make sure drivers can see you when sharing the road;
  • Not being aware of how trucks make turns: The NHTSA states that that light trucks are involved in half of all cycling accidents, and bikers need to be aware that trucks need additional room when making turns;
  • Disregarding traffic signs: Always obey traffic stop and yield signs;
  • Not looking both ways before crossing intersections: Just because you have the right f way at an intersection, be sure all other traffic is at a complete stop before proceeding;
  • Not looking when crossing driveways or parking spaces: Be on the alert in neighborhoods and shopping districts where drivers may be pulling in or out of driveways or parking spaces;
  • Failing to detect objects in your path: Be on the lookout for obstacles such as uneven roadways, gravel surfaces, and even dogs or children bolting out in front of you;
  • Driving under the influence: Be aware of how even over-the-counter or prescription medicines can impair your cycling ability.

For tips on and the best cycling routes in Las Vegas, check out our map resource for cyclists.  

Reach Out to Us for Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, contact the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC today. Our experienced Las Vegas cycling accident attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation you need to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.