Bicycle riding is a popular sport in Southern California for a variety of reasons. It is great exercise and the mild year-round temperatures make it an ideal environment for outdoor activities.
Although bicycle riding is a common mode of transportation, it can also pose its dangers. More than 100 people are killed in a bicycle accident each year in the state of California.
Lack of bicyclist visibility can be the cause of a bicycle accident. Here are a few ways bicyclists can increase their visibility while riding on the road:
Use hand signals
Hand signals can be very important in making sure other drivers are aware of your presence. When making any turn or lane changes, use hand signals. Hand signals should be used when making any sort of turn or lane changes.
Ride with traffic, not against it
Always ride with the flow of traffic, and never against it. This will help auto, truck and motorcycle drivers locate you on the road more clearly and can greatly help with visibility.
Wear proper clothing
Reflective clothing can help others see you in lower-lit conditions. During the day, brightly colored clothing is best to wear. Avoid wearing neutral colors that can easily blend in with the environment of a road.
In the state of California, it is necessary for lights and reflectors to be installed on your bicycle while riding at night. Lights and reflectors can greatly enhance your visibility, and can help make it less likely that an accident will occur.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate in contacting my law firm for a free consultation. You may also send us a message from our website. The well-being of you and your family is important to us.
View our past posts on bicycle safety.