Southern California | Bicycle Attorneys

Bike injuries can throw you off your game.
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Southern California | Bicycle Attorneys

Bike injuries can throw you off your game.
Call our office today. Let us advocate for you.

888-30BIKELAW (888-302-4535)

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What road conditions increase the chances of a bicycle accident?

As a bicyclist, you must know that poor road conditions may affect you as significantly as other motorists. It may be entirely possible for you to lose control of your bicycle when you ride during hazardous conditions.

Additionally, poor road conditions may cause other drivers to lose control of their vehicles, which could result in a collision with you. Familiarizing yourself with dangerous road conditions allows you to exercise caution when you ride. This may help you avoid accidents that can have debilitating effects on you later.

Faulty pavement

Subtle potholes in the pavement can be dangerous for cyclists. You may lose control and fall off the saddle if you accidentally encounter one. You may also need more time to react and maneuver around a pothole.

Cracks on the pavement can be just as hazardous. An uneven pavement may cause you to lose control of your bicycle. You may also lurch forward abruptly and fall off, which may result in scratches and bruising or more severe injuries of the head, limbs or neck.

Road construction

An incomplete shoulder on the road is a common byproduct of ongoing road construction. As a cyclist, you may rely on the shoulder of the road, especially in areas without dedicated bike lines. An incomplete shoulder forces you to take the main road, which may be dangerous, especially at night or in poor weather conditions. It may make you prone to colliding with more oversized vehicles whose drivers might not see you immediately.

Also, loose dirt and debris can get onto the road during construction. This may obstruct your path and make it challenging to navigate.

Poor street drainage

Insufficient drainage may cause water buildup on the road after rainfall. This may lead to flooding, making it difficult or impossible to proceed on a bicycle. Any street can be dangerous for cyclists during heavy precipitation and inclement weather.

Because bicycles are smaller and easier to maneuver than larger vehicles, you may feel you can easily overcome poor road conditions. However, riding on safe roads and knowing conditions that may cause catastrophic bicycle-related injuries can help keep you safe.

 

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