Gap Left Turn
When there is a small gap between the car in front of you and the car behind you, an oncoming car might attempt to take a quick left turn into that gap, without noticing a bicyclist. This is a difficult collision to avoid, since you usually can’t anticipate it. Accordingly, what happens most of the time is the car “T-Bones” you or you are caused to crash your bike to avoid the turning vehicle. It is common for this type of collision to cause you to suffer serious injuries or even death.
Safety Advice to Cyclists
There is not much you can do to avoid this type of collision. The hard truth is that cyclists share the road with motor vehicles that dwarf the size, weight and speed of our cycles. As always, use lights and visible clothing to reduce the risk of not being seen. Helmet lights provide additional visibility and have the advantage of allowing you to put light directly at a driver. There is no way to defend against a car that drives too fast, recklessly and without regard to the cyclist or the rules of the road. As always, drive defensively and NEVER assume a driver of a vehicle sees you, even if they are looking directly at you.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident, it is essential to obtain legal representation from an experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney. Kass & Moses have represented thousands of two-wheeled vehicle collisions, including bicycles, scooters and motorcycles.
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.