Both bicyclists and motorists must be proactive in preventing serious accidents
on the road.
It’s estimated that nearly 21,487 people were injured in bicycle accidents in 2014. Because vehicles are much larger than bikes, cyclists are often seriously injured in accidents. Fortunately, there are precautions that both motorists and cyclists can take to keep each other safe on the road.
5 Safety Tips for Cyclists
Obey Traffic Laws
One of the most important things that you can do while riding is to obey all traffic laws. This means familiarizing yourself with the arm signals that you’ll need to use while riding your bike and riding in the same direction as traffic.
Make Sure Your Bike is in Good Condition
You should inspect your bike before every ride. Make sure that your brakes are in good condition, and keep in mind that road conditions and weather can affect your ability to brake.
Wear a Helmet
Regardless of whether you’re making a quick store run or riding your bike for a 10-mile exercise route, put on a helmet. Make sure to select a helmet that fits your head properly. The helmet should not slide when you move your head. If you do get into an accident, a helmet can reduce your risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Plan Your Route Carefully
The best route to take is the safest route. Avoid areas with large intersections and heavy traffic. This is where bicycle accidents are the most likely to occur.
Make Yourself Visible
Many bike accidents occur because the driver is not able to see the cyclist. Do everything you can to make yourself visible. Make eye contact with the drivers beside you whenever possible. Wear reflective clothing whenever you are riding. You should also put reflective lights on your bike when riding at night or in inclement weather.
3 Safety Tips for Motorists
Many motorists get frustrated when they see cyclists on the road. While cyclists are slower on the road than cars, drivers still need to be patient. Being patient will make it easier for you to share the road with a cyclist, and it can also save lives. Allow cyclists extra time to pass through an intersection, and avoid tailgating. Don’t pass a cyclist unless it’s safe to do so.
Honking can startle a cyclist on the road, which can lead to an accident. You shouldn’t honk at a cyclist unless necessary. You should also wait to honk until you’re a respectable distance away from the cyclist.
Be Careful When Backing Out
When backing out of your driveway or a parking lot, check to make sure that there is not a cyclist behind you. It may be hard for you to see a small child on a bike.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Tampa bicycle accident, contact the attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo. We have the experience needed to win your case. Call us today for a free consultation.