There are many different risk factors that drivers and bicyclists need to keep in mind when it comes to bike accidents, from chaotic traffic to dangerous parts of the road and poor weather conditions. However, stress plays a role in many bicycle accidents, whether a driver behaves recklessly because they are overwhelmed by hardships in their life or a bicyclist is unable to avoid an erratic driver because they are very stressed out for one reason or another.
If you ride a bicycle near traffic, you need to focus on the road at all times and always watch out for other vehicles. However, this is difficult for some people who are very stressed out (such as those who are late for work).
The consequences of stress on the road
Drivers who are very stressed out often pose a threat to others on the road, especially bicyclists. Many have difficulty concentrating behind the wheel, keeping an eye out for bicyclists on the side of the road or staying within speed limits as a result of emotional instability. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 850 bicyclists passed away in traffic accidents during 2018.
The impact of a bicycle accident
Not only can stress cause bicycle wrecks, but these accidents often generate high levels of stress as well. Many victims face financial difficulties, debilitating injuries and other hardships that turn their lives upside down. If you were recently involved in a bike accident, it is important to focus on your emotional health as well as other facets of your life (such as your physical well-being and your finances).