Did you know that since 2006, the number of Americans commuting to work in big cities has nearly doubled? This implies that there are more bikers on the roadways in and around Los Angeles than ever before. Unfortunately, many of our roadways are not designed for bicyclists. Cyclists and vehicles must share the road in the absence of specific bike lanes. Here are five tips for drivers who want to be sure they’re sharing the road safely and avoid triggering a bicycle accident.
Drivers must recognize that cyclists have the same right to be on the road as any other motor vehicle. When there isn’t a designated bicycle lane, bikers can “take the lane,” or travel in the same lane as cars. Just because cyclists go at a slower pace than the rest of traffic doesn’t mean cars may cut them off, fail to yield, or engage in any other traffic violation that jeopardizes a cyclist’s safety.
- Know Hand Signals for Bicyclists
- Passing Space
- Avoid Distractions
- Before you go, have a look around
Turn signals and brake lights alert others to a driver’s intentions, which is critical for avoiding collisions. Bicyclists must indicate with their hands since bicycles lack electrical turn signals or brake lights. If drivers don’t comprehend the hand signals, they’re useless! All drivers should understand the most frequent bike hand signals: a left turn is indicated by putting the left arm straight out; a right turn is indicated by raising it up at a 90-degree angle; and braking is indicated by keeping it down at a 90 degree angle.
Because bicycles go at a slower rate than the rest of the traffic, automobiles will frequently need to pass them. It is necessary to pass with caution. All of the same regulations should be observed while passing any type of vehicle. Furthermore, while passing a bicycle, California law requires vehicles to allow at least 3 feet between the side of their vehicle and the rider.
Distractions like as using a mobile phone, eating food, or even conversing with passengers can divert a driver’s attention away from the road for long enough to result in an accident in any situation. Distractions, on the other hand, can be particularly hazardous for riders. Cyclists have a lower profile than vehicles, making them simpler to miss by a distracted motorist.
Even while parked, drivers have the ability to cause bicycle accidents. How? By inadvertently opening their door into a bicycle’s path. Drivers must glance behind them before opening the door when parallel parking on the road.
Have You Been Involved in a Bicycle Collision?
Bicycle collisions have the potential to injure both motorists and riders. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker will assist you if you have been injured in a bicycle accident or if you have been harmed by a car while riding your bike. We handle all types of bicycle accident cases and know how to maximize your compensation via legal methods. Call us at 800-333-0000 to learn more. The first consultation is always complimentary.