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What are the most common ways to get hit on a bike?

The most common ways to get hit by a car when riding your bike include being struck at intersections when cars pull out in front of you or being hit by a door that is opened in your path. If you've been a victim of either circumstance, you know that you have a right to compensation by filing a claim or lawsuit against the driver. How can you avoid incidents like this in the future, though?

The first collision is called a right cross; this is when a car coming from your right turns into your path as it passes through an intersection or attempts to make a left-hand turn.

In some cases, drivers may argue that they did not see the cyclist, so there are a few ways that you can help make yourself more visible. For instance, wearing bright clothing can help you stand out, or using a headlight on your bike can make it more visible at dusk, dawn or at night. Even during daylight riding, a headlight can catch the attention of a driver.

Also consider waving as you approach an intersection. The extra movement draws attention from the drivers around you. If you feel someone is approaching too quickly and doesn't see you, you can also yell to make yourself heard.

With parked vehicles, one problem is the chance that a driver will open his or her door into your path. Avoiding this accident is possible in some instances if you ride further to the left in the lane. You might worry about cars approaching from behind, but they're less likely to collide with you because you're directly in their paths.

Source: Bicycle Safe, "How to Not Get Hit by Cars," accessed Aug. 30, 2016

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