When the car turns right.
Often referred to as the “right hook,” this accident happens most often when the cyclist and the motorist arrive at the intersection at the same time, and the car makes a right turn in front of the cyclist, cutting him off. Additionally, this type of accident happens when the car and bike are waiting at a light, and the car turns right when the light turns green, hitting the cyclist as he begins to cross the street. This scenario can also occur if the bike passes a slower car on the right, and the vehicle makes a right turn into the bike.
When a driver hits a bicyclist, the damage can be extensive for both parties. The bicyclist can suffer fractured bones, abrasions, and other serious injuries, and there can be damage to the driver’s vehicle. Additionally, victims will likely deal with the financial costs of expensive medical bills.