Bicycle accidents occur during all times of the year, but weather-related factors are especially concerning during the fall. Sometimes, drivers are caught off-guard due to strong winds, ice, and frost on their windshields, resulting in erratic behavior on the road. Unfortunately, some drivers do not pay attention to these risks, whether they are careless or do not have experience driving in certain conditions.
If you were hit by a negligent driver while riding a bike and weather played a role in the crash, it is crucial to examine these factors as you consider your legal options.
The impact of colder weather and road safety
Some bicyclists enjoy the fall because colder temperatures offer relief from the summer heat. However, accidents are more likely to occur in certain instances because of poor weather conditions, which sometimes arise unexpectedly. Strong wind can result in falling branches and debris on the road, causing drivers to swerve into the path of a bicyclist. Even small patches of ice can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and some drivers get behind the wheel even though their windshield is covered in frost. During the fall, some drivers are not prepared to adjust to these changes and they pose a threat to others on the road, especially bicyclists.
The consequences of a bicycle wreck
If a driver struck you, there are various consequences that you could have to work through. Physical injuries, mental trauma and financial complications are common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in the U.S., people miss over a million days of work each year due to traffic crash injuries and hospital expenses are very costly as well. From a physical standpoint, bicyclists are especially vulnerable during a crash, compared to those riding in vehicles.