The Colorado Department of Transportation’s guide for bicyclists, The Colorado Bicycling Manual, is more than just a biking rulebook. You’ll find a wealth of information in the publication about common bicycle accidents suffered by both child and adult riders and what to do if you are involved in a bicycling accident.
Child riders aren’t generally involved in the same types of common accident scenarios as adult riders are, and it is important to understand the nature of typical motor vehicle/bicycle crashes involving child bicyclists so that you can educate your child rider on bike safety measures that address their specific risks.
The most common motor vehicle/bicycle accidents involving a child bike rider are:
Typical crash scenarios for adults are markedly different from that of child riders and often involve mistakes made by nearby motorists. Common motor vehicle/bicycle accidents involving adults include:
Child riders must be taught to pay attention to surroundings and think before making a move. Adult riders must also be aware of what’s going on around them and learn to anticipate what nearby motorists might do. A bike rider cycling down a residential street, for example, should pay attention to cars parked in driveways that are running or have lights on. A running car may mean the driver is about to back out of the driveway, onto the street and potentially into the cyclist’s path.
Even if you follow all cycling safety practices and are mindful of common risks, a motor vehicle/bicycle accident is always a possibility. The Colorado DOT recommends the following actions after an accident:
Knowledge of common accidents can help bike riders of all ages avoid a crash. Should the unfortunate event occur, follow the Colorado DOT’s post-accident recommendations to protect your rights.