Perhaps the most common reason for a rear-end bicycle injury stems from the fact that many bicyclists ride on the road or street that are primarily intended for cars. Because of this, the driver either does not see the bicyclists or the driver is too distracted to notice the driver until it is too late. Either way, riding on a street with other cars is a likely reason for a rear-end bicycle accident. Other reasons include:
- Distracted drivers
- Left-hand turns
- Drivers who are either speeding or just driving too fast for conditions
These reasons are not meant to be complete as there could be many other reasons as well, but those are the most common.
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A REAR-END BICYCLE ACCIDENT
After being in a serious rear-end bicycle accident, life might seem simply too overwhelming too face given your pain and the sheer number of medical appointments you have to attend just to get you back to baseline. However, there are some affirmative steps you can take to help your case. Among them are: making sure you photograph your injuries and your bicycle showing the damage to it. Making sure you get the at-fault driver’s name, phone number, address, insurance information, including his insurance company, policy number, and when the policy went into effect and when it expires.
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It is also important to make sure there is nothing of a damaging nature on your social media pages. If you did not call the police immediately after the accident, it is a good idea to call them as soon as possible and report the accident. You should notify the insurance company for the driver who hit you, your car insurance company, and your health insurance company that you were involved in a serious accident if it appears you are going to be incurring medical bills.
Finally, it is also a good idea to make a record of your injuries in a journal or diary and record how you’re feeling and how the accident has impacted your life.