Regardless of where you live, it’s safe to assume that you see bicyclists on the road from time to time. As the operator of a passenger vehicle, it’s a must that you share the road with these people. If you don’t, you could cause an accident that leads to serious injury or even death.

It is important for all drivers and bicyclists to be familiar with the top causes of bike accidents. This can help prevent an accident in the future. Some of the top causes of car-bicycle incidents include:

— A bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road.

— A bicyclist failing to obey the rules of the road, such as stop signs and traffic lights.

— A motorist making a left or right turn in front of a moving bicyclist.

— A motorist running a stop sign or traffic light.

As a growing number of people begin to use their bicycle to travel from point A to point B, it is only natural that the number of accidents would also increase. Fortunately, there are things that bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers can do to improve the safety of all people on the road.

Regardless of the reason you are riding your bike, it’s a must that you do whatever you can to protect yourself. This means following the rules of the road, while also watching those around you.

If you are involved in an accident, don’t assume that you are okay. You should seek immediate medical attention. Once stable, you can then revisit the accident to determine fault and decide what to do next.

Source: Bike Long Beach, “Causes of bike accidents in Long Beach — 10 years worth of data,” accessed June 09, 2016