Bicyclists riding on the roadways face high risks due to the presence of vehicles. A report by the National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors showed that approximately a third of bicycle accidents occur due to riders being hit by cars. Failure to exercise due care by both the drivers and the bicyclists is notably a major reason for the crashes. Here are some of the reasons why vehicles collide with bicyclists on Los Angeles roadways.
Motorists running red lights or stop signs at intersections leading to accidents.
Motorists making an abrupt left turn in front of bicycle riders.
Some motorists changing lanes without checking on other road users can also lead to bicycle accidents.
Drivers backing out of driveways without checking on other road users behind them.
Speeding motorists and those who violate other right-of-ways of bicyclists are a common reason for bicycle accidents.
Some bicycle accidents are also attributed to the negligence of the bicycle riders. Some of the ways in which riders cause accidents include the running of red lights and stop signs, making of sudden or unpredictable movements in the roadways, and riders traveling at the wrong side of the road. Some bicyclists also get struck when they fail to yield to the right-of-way to vehicles.