Risks for Bicyclists in Huntsville

Huntsville is a great city for getting around on your bike, but the fact is that, when you’re cycling, you are far more vulnerable to being injured – or worse – in a traffic accident. When you’re on your bike, absolutely nothing except your helmet comes between you and the impact of an accident. If a negligent driver caused injuries to you or someone you love in a bicycle accident, consult with an experienced Huntsville personal injury attorney today. 

Recent Deadly Bike Accident

In early October, a bicyclist was killed in a vehicle crash near the Huntsville International Airport. The accident occurred at about 7 p.m. on a Tuesday evening when the 36-year-old man was returning from a ride with a local bicycle club, the Alabama Wheelmen. 

The cyclist was in the right lane, traveling southbound with traffic. A motorist directly behind the cyclist was aware of his presence and, as a result, was traveling slowly. A driver behind this cautious driver passed the forward vehicle, and as the passing driver merged back into the right lane in front of the slowly moving car, his car struck the cyclist. The police relay that the accident remains under criminal investigation and that they are waiting on toxicology reports. 

Biking in Huntsville

This accident highlights the dangers of biking in Huntsville – or anywhere else. When motorists aren’t careful when bikes are in their midst, deadly accidents can ensue. When a driver is proceeding with caution, he or she generally has a reason for doing so that may not be apparent to those drivers who are coming from behind. The fact that toxicology reports are pending in the accident noted means that the authorities may suspect that the at-fault motorist was impaired by alcohol or drugs, though nothing was publicly confirmed. 

There are, however, many factors that can make a motorist more dangerous to cyclists, including:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding 
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failing to accommodate for the road’s condition
  • Failing to yield
  • Trying to turn in front of a cyclist

Biking Precautions

If you bike, it’s important to take every safety precaution to help protect yourself from motorists who do not. Such precautions include:

  • Wearing appropriate safety gear, including a well-fitting helmet
  • Having safety lights installed on the front and back of your bike
  • Wearing bright colors that incorporate reflective fabric strips
  • Carefully adhering to the rules of the road (which apply to motorists and cyclists alike)
  • Never ride while impaired, distracted, or drowsy

If a Negligent Driver Leaves You Injured in a Bike Accident, an Experienced Huntsville Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you’ve been injured in a bike accident that was caused by a motorist’s negligence, the dedicated legal team at Cloud, Ryan & Rouse, LLC, in Huntsville is on your side. Obtaining the full compensation to which you are entitled is complicated, but our experienced personal injury attorneys are dedicated to guiding cases like yours toward their best possible resolutions. We’re here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 256-801-1000 for a free consultation today.  

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