Being Mindful of Cyclists
For millions of men, women, and children throughout the United States, cycling is a favorite form of exercise, a way to enjoy nature, or their preferred mode of travel. For cyclists and motorists to coexist safely, both have to obey traffic laws and be mindful of each other’s space and right to share the road.
Safety Tips for Cyclists
There are ways cyclists can decrease their chance of being involved in a traffic accident and reduce the risk of serious injury in a crash. The first rule of safety for every cyclist is to wear a helmet. It is also important to note that not all helmets are alike. An effective helmet is one that fits properly and meets United States Product Safety Commission guidelines. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has an extensive, up-to-date list of recommended models on their website.
Like a helmet, a cyclist’s bike should be in good working condition and fit properly. A bike that is too big or small is difficult to control. To remain as visible as possible, cyclists should wear bright apparel with reflective elements. Before departing, cyclists should consider their route, choosing areas with accessible bike paths and less traffic. Safe cyclists obey signs and traffic lights, scan ahead for hazards, and drive with the flow of traffic.
Safety Tips for Drivers
Drivers, especially those living in urban areas, should always be prepared to share the road with cyclists. In areas where bike paths are not available, it is important to know proper etiquette for navigating around bicycles to keep everyone safe.
One of the biggest challenges drivers face is knowing when, how, or if to pass a cyclist. Passing laws vary by state, but it is generally acceptable for a motorist to pass a cyclist if they can do so while leaving at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the cyclist. On more narrow roads, it advisable to follow behind cyclists until the road widens, allowing enough room to move safely around them.
Next, to keep cyclists safe, drivers need to pay attention. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in the United States. It only takes about two to three seconds for a driver to take their eyes off the road and hit a cyclist. Even the most responsible and cautious cyclist no match for a car careening out of control while the driver is looking down at their phone.
Negligence and Bicycle Accidents
When accidents involving motorists and cyclists do occur, claims to recover damages for injuries depend upon establishing negligence. Did the motorist’s negligence contribute to the crash? Was the cyclist reckless in any way that may have contributed to the accident? For drivers, negligence can include speeding, distracted driving, or not passing safely. A negligent cyclist may ride through a stop sign, travel outside the bike lane, or turn into traffic suddenly without signaling. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help to determine who was responsible for the accident and then hold them accountable for a victim’s injuries.
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Establishing liability in car accidents involving cyclists is not always easy. It takes an exceptional Philadelphia injury lawyer to evaluate every detail of a crash and establish who was at fault. If you have been injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, trust the firm with more than 70 years of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury cases.
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