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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, there are a number of different types of accidents that occur throughout the year, but there are few that result in as serious damages as bicycle accidents. These are serious collisions because the bicycle rider does not have the same type of protection as those in a vehicle. When they happen, the victim may be able to seek compensation, but it’s important to understand the exact cause of the collision. Here are some of the common causes of bicycle accidents.

Distracted Drivers

One potential cause of a bicycle crash is a distracted driver. When a driver is focused on his or her phone or something that takes their attention from the road, it can lead to a crash. This is because the driver may miss traffic signs or crosswalks, or they may swerve into a bike lane, colliding with a bicyclist. Reports show that taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds while traveling 55 miles per hour is enough to travel the length of a football field.

Drivers Being Too Close to Bike Lanes

Bike lanes are designed specifically for bicyclists and is wide enough to keep them safe. However, there are times when drivers get a little too close to the bike lanes, either going over the lines and colliding with the bicyclist or getting close enough to cause the bicyclist to panic. Whatever the case, it can lead to a serious crash.


Unfortunately, not all drivers adhere to the rules of the road and are often breaking the law, including speeding down the road. When there is a bicyclist nearby, they are put in direct danger of a serious crash due to the driver speeding. If a crash occurs, especially at high speeds, it can lead to serious injuries and long-term damages.

Our Wisconsin bicycle accident attorneys at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. have helped numerous victims seek the compensation they deserve. We are here to help you with the legal matters and allow you to focus on your recovery.

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