Bicycle Accidents Caused by Right Turns
Vehicle drivers tend to misjudge the speed at which a bicyclist can travel or fail to see the bicyclist altogether, which results in a collision referred to as the “right hook.” A right hook occurs when a driver makes a right turn and strikes a bicyclist who was riding alongside the vehicle, riding across the street or continuing straight in the bike lane. In Louisiana, there are a growing number of people using bicycles as a means of transportation and, as such, the incidents of vehicles colliding with bicyclists have also increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the statistics demonstrate that in 2013 there were essentially 2 bicyclists in the U.S. fatally injured every day from colliding with a car and tens of thousands more bicyclists suffering non-fatal injuries.
If you’ve been injured as a cyclist, be sure you are protecting your rights and getting the full compensation you deserve. Seek legal advice from a bicycle injury attorney in Baton Rouge, LA by calling Waitz and Downer today at (985) 876-0870.
The question of who is liable when a vehicle is involved in a bicycle accident is of paramount concern when it comes time to assign responsibility for the consequences of the crash. In the event of a vehicle making a right turn and hitting a bicyclist, the driver is typically found to be at-fault for the collision due to the grave injuries suffered by the bicyclist. However, both the driver and bicyclist can practice safe driving techniques to avoid these dangerous accidents, such as being aware of any blind spots, remaining attentive to the surroundings, keeping a safe distance from the other operator, practicing defensive driving skills and focusing on the task at-hand.
Baton Rouge Bicycle Injury Attorney
At Waitz & Downer in south Louisiana, we are highly experienced personal injury attorneys whom have worked with countless victims to ensure a positive outcome from their cases. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident with a vehicle, we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve for your physical injuries and the reimbursement you need for the damage to your property. However, you must work fast to obtain expert legal representation before the medical expenses continue to mount.
Contact our bicycle injury attorneys today by calling 985-876-0870 to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our expert personal injury attorneys. With over 50 years of legal experience, you can trust that the law firm of Waitz and Downer will continue to fight for you until you receive the best possible outcome from your case.