Left hook, Right hook… Uppercut?
- Monday, 19 May 2014 14:01
Recently, a grown man was hospitalized when a soccer mom hit him with a left hook. In a separate incident, an 86 year-old grandmother hit a high school football player with a right hook, breaking his nose and his fracturing his elbow in the process. It sounds pretty far fetched on the surface, and makes you wonder what on earth these guys did to elicit such violence.
You may be more surprised to know that these stories are somewhat common. Certainly these ladies weren’t throwing punches. In fact they had no intentions of harming anyone. These right and left hooks were bicycle collisions caused by inattentive driving.
A “right hook” and a “left hook” are frequently used to describe some of the most common bicycle accidents. Here are a few of the more common bicycle accidents and how you can avoid them.
This is when a motorist passes a cyclist and then turns right, crossing the path of the cyclist and causing a collision. This is quite common, and usually happens because the motorist doesn’t see the cyclist or misjudges his speed.
A left hook, also known as a left cross, is similar to a right hook. This is when the motorist is coming from the opposite direction and turns left into or in front of the cyclist as causes a collision. This also happens frequently because, when making a left turn, motorists are used to looking for other cars but they can often overlook a cyclist.
This occurs when a car is pulling out into traffic from a side street or driveway and drives directly into a cyclist’s path.
How can you avoid these accidents? All three are the fault of the motorist, but there are some things that you can do to help them out. Wearing brightly colored clothing and reflective gear at night makes it easier for you to be seen, and staying further to the left side of the lane puts you more in their line of sight. This can sometimes frustrate motorists behind you because it slows them down, but it is better to be safe, especially when approaching intersections.
Dooring occurs when someone opens the door of a parked car into the path of a cyclist, typically catching the front tire or handlebars of the bike. This will generally turn the wheel of the bike and send the cyclist flying to the left into traffic. This is very dangerous for the cyclist, and can be avoided by staying at least 4 feet from all parked vehicles, no matter where the bike lane is.
Other types of accidents include wrong way accidents, crosswalk accidents, night accidents, and rear-end accidents. It is not uncommon for motorists to blame the cyclist for these accidents, but that is often not the case. If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed in a bicycle-motorist collision, Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC can help. We are committed to keeping cyclists safe and holding negligent drivers accountable. For a free consultation, contact us