As a driver, it is partially your responsibility to ensure that bikes are safe on the roads. Yes, bicyclists should follow their own rules, but at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we have worked with many victims of bike accidents and have found that many drivers do not know what they should be doing to keep bike riders safe.
The Number of Bike Riders is Increasing
We are seeing a significant increase in the number of people riding a bike across the country. Some are doing so because they want the health benefits, others do so for environmental reasons, and many people do it for both reasons. According to the latest statistics, about one in three people in America ride a bike at least once per year.
Of the people who ride at least once per year, half of them say that they use their bike for transportation to get to and from work, shopping, school, etc. With this increase in cyclists, it’s a good time for them to brush up on the best ways to keep everyone safe on the road. Remember that there are more than 45,000 bike accidents across the country each year, with more than 800 fatal bike accidents each year.
Take a Refresher Pass Through Bike Lane Laws
If you have been riding for a long time, then you likely take for granted that you understand what is required of you when you are riding in a bike lane. However, these laws have changed over the years. It is worth taking another look to make sure you are as up to date as you think you are. If you are not, the results could be deadly.
Obey All Traffic Signals and Posted Signs
This seems obvious but we find that sometimes bike riders forget that they not only have to follow the traffic signals they would be required to follow if they were driving, but they must also follow all posted signs. If the traffic signals and posted signs seem to contradict each other, it is important to know which one takes precedence and how to proceed with caution.
Make Yourself Visible
It is up to you to ensure that motorists can see you. This means riding upright so that you can more easily be seen, wearing bright clothing, using reflective gear, and ensuring that you are making clear signals. If you are riding at night, be sure you have lights on your bike as well.
Call Us Right Away if You Are Injured in a Bike
In the event you are injured in a bike accident, you should talk to a personal injury attorney to determine what your options are. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for your free legal consultation. We are standing by to help you find the best way forward after your accident.