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Common accidents bicyclists face on the roads

As a cyclist, you may have had a number of near-misses in the past. Riding on the roads can be dangerous, and even though you're entitled to be there, it can still be the case that a driver doesn't see you and causes a collision.

How can you stay safe? Here are a few things to think about.

First, one of the most dangerous positions to be in is the inside lane when a driver is going to be turning right. As the driver turns right, you may get cut off, unable to stop in time. That can lead to a head-on collision for you and serious injuries from the impact. Drivers should always check to their right before making a turn to be wary of cyclists.

Another thing to be aware of are drivers who make wide turns at intersections. They may pass into your lane, cut you off and cause an accident. Always be on the lookout for cars trying to turn left. If the driver doesn't appear to see you, slow down and let them pass; it's not worth getting into an accident simply because you're in the right.

One of the major risks to cyclists is drivers who open their doors suddenly in the cyclist's path. Whenever you're cycling near parked cars, be wary of doors being thrown open. Drivers who aren't thinking to look for cyclists may not consider that the door will open into your path and cause an accident.

If you are hurt following one of these situations, you have options when it comes to compensation. Your lawyer can help you file claims with the correct parties.

Source: Canadian Automobile Association, "Common Vehicle-Bike Collisions," accessed Aug. 23, 2016

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