Bicycle accidents are all too common. Most are caused by a mistake made by the cyclist or a mistake made by the vehicle driver. In these bicycle-car situations, awareness and knowledge is key. Here are some safety tips that can prevent these devastating accidents.
Regardless of whether you are the bicyclist or the car driver, it is important to be attentive. It is dangerous to look down at your cell phone or any other mobile technology while riding or driving. Using your phone to call, text or surf the web is a very serious threat to safe driving. Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of others on the road.
Bicyclists don’t typically ride at the same speed of cars, however, they aren’t advised to ride as fast as possible. Just like in car accidents, bicycle accidents result from too fast of a speed. It is hardest to react when you are going too fast for your control. Both cyclists and drivers should take note of road conditions and weather conditions in order to determine which speed is safest to travel at.
Give Each Other Space
There should be a space at least three feet between the widest point on a vehicle and the widest point on the bicycle. In the United States, over 20 states require three feet of space when in the same lane. Getting close to another driver, whether of a bike or a car, can startle them and cause an accident.
Use Caution by Sidewalks and Driveways
Whenever sidewalks, driveways and/or roads merge together, the risk is higher for an accident. It requires more awareness around these areas to make sure it is safe to go. Use extra caution and never assume that a car or cyclist is going to stop or see you.
Lastly, if you’re the biker, there are certain safety precautions you can take to be extra safe. Wearing a helmet will protect you if you fall. Wearing bright clothing gives you a higher chance of being seen, making other people on the road more aware of your presence. It is also recommended to have lights on your bicycle and to wear reflective material at night.
Sharing the road is a crucial part of driving, one that is important to ensure safety to everyone on the road. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident, contact us or call 800-676-5295.