Sideswipe bicycle accidents are very common, especially in areas that have heavy traffic. It only takes a second for a vehicle to swerve off course and clip a bicyclist. Sideswipe accidents can be just as dangerous to bicycle riders as being hit directly. A sideswipe can cause the bicyclist to crash or get thrown from the bike. If you have been sideswiped, you may be able to sue for your injuries. It depends on the facts surrounding the accident.
Sideswipe accidents can happen at any time to a bicyclist who is sharing the roads with automobiles. Even if there is a designated bike lane or the bicyclist is riding on the shoulder, there is normally not much space between the bicyclist and the vehicles. Some common causes of sideswipe accidents in Houston include distracted drivers who take their eyes off the roads, wide vehicles that swing into the shoulder or a bike lane, tractor trailers that are turning, and drivers who are engaging in illegal behavior.
Unfortunately, in many cases there is no way for a bicyclist to avoid being sideswiped. However, if a bicyclist is sideswiped, he or she can receive compensation for his or her injuries. The accident victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call the Houston bicycle accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.