Bicycle Rider Safety Tips
Bicycle Safety and Accident Prevention
Adequate bicycle safety and accident prevention requires the efforts of bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, and law enforcement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds drivers of the importance of sharing the road with bicyclists and showing them respect on the roadways. They recommend that drivers give bicyclists a minimum of three feet of clearance when passing and to look out for bicyclists at intersections, pulling into and out of driveways or parking lots, etc.
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While drivers can do a lot to prevent bicycle accidents, often the responsibility falls on cyclists to protect themselves.
The following are some ways you can protect yourself:
- Always wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury in a bicycle accident. All bicycle riders, regardless of age, where you ride, or how long you ride, should wear a properly fitted helmet. Head injuries afflict thousands of riders every year due to how exposed cyclists are while riding.
- Follow the rules of the road. Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators in the eyes of traffic laws. As such, they are required to observe all laws that vehicles are obliged to observe, including obeying traffic signs, signals and lane markers, right-of-way rules, and respecting others on the road.
- Ride with traffic. When cycling in the street, bikers are required to ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Riding your bicycle on the sidewalk is against the law.
- You want to always stay as visible as possible when riding. Never assume that a car or truck driver sees you. It is always better to err toward caution and wait to cross the street or take a turn until you are certain that you are not at risk of being hit by an inattentive motorist.
- Increase your visibility. You can further increase your visibility while biking by wearing florescent, brightly colored, and/or reflective clothing even during the day. For night rides, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing light at the rear. Use retro-reflective tape or markings on clothing and equipment as well.
California bicycle Helmet Laws
In California, only bike riders under the age of 17 must wear a helmet. Many believe these helmet laws should extend to all bike riders. After all, adults are just as vulnerable to head injuries in bike accidents as children. Regardless of what the law says, more and more adult cyclists wear helmets voluntarily because riders and cyclists know how important they are to personal safety. We recommend all riders always wear a helmet when bike riding.
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- Inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2007, a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all personal injury lawyers in the region
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