When most people think of bicycle accidents, they imagine bikes being hit by vehicles, such as cars or trucks. While it is true that car-bike accidents are common and very dangerous, sometimes even fatal, for the bicyclist, there are other ways that the cyclist can sustain an injury while riding.
Sometimes, failure to maintain one’s bicycle will lead to fracture of a vital part of the bike, either physical or functional. If the chain is not replaced in time, it runs the risk of snapping. If the pedals are not screwed on tightly, they can potentially fall off the bike while the rider is pedaling. If the brakes are not changed out when they should be, they are less and less effective at stopping the bicycle.
Obstructions on the Road
Obstructions on the road pose a potential threat to bicyclists who are going too fast or who are not paying close enough attention to the road as they ride. These obstacles include litter, potholes, and animals. Hitting any of these items can result in serious injury.
Pedestrians do not always pay attention while they cross the road. Often times, they are watching for vehicles, such as cars, trucks, or even motorcycles. Many pedestrians also rely on their sense of sound to alert them of oncoming vehicles. Bicycles, however, do not make much noise as they approach, and they are more difficult to spot due to their smaller size. This puts them at a higher risk of colliding with an unaware pedestrian.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another individual, please contact Minneapolis personal injury lawyers Terry, Slane & Ruohonen, P.L.L.C. at 612-362-0000 today.