Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors for the safety of all vehicles. However, cyclists are impacted to a much greater extent than all other modes of transportation. This is because bicycles do not travel at the same speed as other vehicles, yet share the same road. Accordingly, all other vehicles must notice and avoid striking a cycle. Studies have shown that approximately 80% of all cycling accidents could have been avoided. This means that it is critical that the drivers of all vehicles give their full attention to the road in front of them and not the phone in their hand. As a cyclist, you must do everything you can to increase the likelihood that the vehicle will see you. This includes wearing the proper reflective clothes, using lights and wearing bright, fluorescent colors.
Unfortunately, even if you are doing everything right, a motorist may still drive recklessly. A bicycle is no match for a car, truck or SUV. Many motorists do not understand that cyclists have the right to share the road. Knowingly or unknowingly, motorists bully cyclists. Never trust that you made “eye contact” with the driver of a vehicle. Many times, what you are looking at is really a blank stare.
Andrew Kass, founding partner, has been cycling for more than 30 years and knows from personal experience what it is like to be in cycling accidents. He uses his personal experience and knowledge to help others. Kass & Moses, PC has over 20 years experience representing cyclists and bikers. In fact, we only handle cases for cyclists and bikers.
It is important to be represented by an attorney who is experienced in cycling law. If you would like more information, please feel free to reach us directly at 1-844-Bicycle or complete the free consultation request form.