Vermont offers some of the greatest bike riding in the country. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore the laws that require drivers to prevent accidents by watching for bicyclists just as they would another motor vehicle.
Drivers who fail to pay attention or even deliberately fail to yield the right of way to a bicyclist cause many bike accidents. When a crash occurs between a motor vehicle and a bike, the cyclist—not the driver—is injured. Bicyclists accounted for 2.2% of all traffic deaths in 2016.
COMMON CAUSES OF BIKE-MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS INCLUDE:
- Driver failure to signal a turn or lane change
- Driver failure to yield or heed stop signs
- Driver failure to look for nearby bicycles
- Driver distraction (texting, talking, etc.)
- Driver impairment or intoxication
- “Dooring”—when the passenger of a parked car opens their door in the cyclist’s pathway, such as a designated bike lane