While there is an infinite combination of contributing circumstances in crashes involving cyclists and drivers, I have seen a pattern in my many years of investigating these incidents and representing injured cyclists. As a bicyclist, if you are aware of the most common problem areas on the road, and ride responsibly and defensively, many of these crashes can be avoided. Be aware of these potentially dangerous situations, and keep in mind my tips for avoiding these scenarios while riding.
Being involved in a bicycle accident can be frightening and traumatic, and what you do in the minutes and hours after the accident can make a big difference in terms of your recovery and your insurance claim. Know your rights, and should you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, follow these eight steps to protect yourself.
Due in part to the considerable number of different law enforcement agencies that exist within the District of Columbia, many officers are not well-versed in current traffic laws that pertain specifically to cyclists. This lack of uniform education is a serious issue for cyclists who have been injured in an accident, as the police report is very often the first thing that an insurance adjuster reviews.