How Can Drivers Avoid Bicycle Accidents?

By Peter DePaolis

As we have reportedly previously in our blog, bicycle accidents have devastating consequences, including death and serious personal injuries, like broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Sadly, in 2011, drivers killed almost 700 bicyclists across the country in accidents. This is a number that we would like to see reduced through drivers and cyclists taking safety precautions.

Recently, a reader wrote into the Dr. Gridlock column, written by Robert Thomson for the Washington Post, about traveler concerns in the area. The person wrote that for the last year, he or she has spent the last year in the Washington D.C. community biking. The bicyclist had a few requests for drivers:

  • Avoid making U-Turns in the middle of the road
  • When you are approaching an intersection and need to turn, you should cross the bike lane in the designated zone just before the intersection and avoid doing it earlier.
  • Avoid blocking bike lanes by not parking in them or standing in them.

Can I Speak to an Attorney about My Bike Accident?

If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident involving a vehicle, you should speak to our personal injury attorneys. Remember, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia have contributory negligence laws that do not allow accident victims to collect damages even if they were only slightly responsible for an accident.

Because of this, it is important that you utilize bike lanes and make sure you follow safety guidelines and roadway rules. Think about it—one mistake on your part could lead to a lifetime of pain. The same is true of a driver who causes an accident—he or she could be held liable.

If you have been injured or have had a loved one killed in a bicycle accident, let the experienced attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis handle your case. An investigation can determine if another driver was at fault.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.