A 54-year-old bicycle rider was hit and killed recently near South 15th and Market Street. The bicycle rider was traveling on the sidewalk opposite the flow of traffic on the one-way street according to WHAS 11. The victim reportedly tried to turn left from the sidewalk when a van entered the intersection, striking and killing the rider.  bike 2

When a bicycle accident occurs, it is important to determine the cause of the collision so the responsible party can be held liable for injuries. A personal injury attorney can assist victims.

Research into the causes of bicycle collisions conducted by the League of American Bicyclists has revealed some of the most common types of bike accidents as well as their causes. Bicycle riders and drivers can review the report to identify risk factors and put safety practices into place.

Top Causes of Bicycle Accidents

The League of American Bicyclists reviewed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to identify fatal bike accidents that occurred between February of 2011 and February of 2013. The researchers then tried to identify the cause of the bicycle crashes using newspaper records and other available data.

In total, there were 628 fatal collisions in which a bicycle rider was killed. The researchers could not determine the cause of death in 33 of the accidents and could not determine the cause of the bicycle crash in 146 of the collisions. They were able to classify the remainder of the wrecks.

In total, only 94 of the accidents were caused by the bicycle rider’s actions, with the remainder attributed to actions of drivers. This included drivers who were intoxicated when the crash occurred; who were driving carelessly or who left the scene of the motor vehicle accident and hit-and-run.

In around 238 of the fatal accidents, the driver was believed to be driving recklessly. Despite this, only 12 percent of the fatal reckless driving collisions led to criminal action being taken against the driver. Based on this information, the League of American Bicyclists believes more needs to be done to hold drivers accountable when their actions cause the death of bicycle riders.

The report also looked at the types of crashes that were likely to take the lives of bicycle riders. Many of the deaths – 40 percent – happened in hit-from-behind collisions despite the fact that Outside Online indicates these kinds of crashes are relatively rare.

In addition to hit-from behind crashes, T-bone collisions caused 10 percent of fatalities. Another eight percent of bicyclists were killed in head-on accidents and six percent of bike riders lost their lives in right hook accidents. Failure to yield on the part of drivers causes six percent of fatalities and bicycle riders who did not yield to drivers made up two percent of people who were killed. Finally, sideswipe collisions caused two percent of rider deaths.

Understanding these top causes of bike accidents provides bike riders and drivers with more insight in preventing collisions. Bike riders should ensure they wear bright clothing so drivers can see them and should use hand signals to communicate their intentions to drivers. Drivers need to ensure they are not distracted, that they pay careful attention to bicycle riders on the road and that they avoid passing bike riders unless it is safe to do so.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, personal injury lawyers in Louisville can help. Call Shelton Law Group today at 888-761-7204 or visit http://robsheltonlaw.com.previewdns.com for a free case consultation.