Avoiding Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Collisions

Avoiding Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Collisions

When you are riding a bicycle, motor vehicle accidents are no joke. Bicyclists have few protections against much larger, heavier, and faster motor vehicles. The results of a motor vehicle accident easily can result in catastrophic or even fatal injuries for the bicyclist involved.

One way to help avoid the risk of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions is to take steps to enhance your visibility. Your bike should have reflector lights in front and back, and you may want to install a small headlight if you will be riding at night with any frequency. You should wear bright, reflective clothing when riding your bicycle and you may want to add reflective tape to your bike and clothing as needed.

Watching out for visible road hazards also can help you avoid crashes with motor vehicles. Potholes, debris in the roadway, and construction equipment all can present obstacles that may cause you to suddenly swerve or otherwise end up in a motor vehicle collision.

You always should take care to ride in a predictable and safe manner. Weaving through traffic, abruptly switching from street to sidewalk to bicycle lane, and failing to use hand signals all can spell disaster for bicyclists who are surrounded by motor vehicles. Failing to observe the rules of the road also can unexpectedly place you in harm’s way, particularly in high-traffic areas. Bicyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as drivers, so failing to do so may put them at risk of crashes.

Bicyclists should make sure that they remain alert and observant while cycling. This means that they should refrain from wearing headphones or earbuds that can prevent them from hearing approaching motor vehicles. Using cell phones also can be distracting and lead to accidents, just as it can for drivers of motor vehicles. Bonnici Law Group has the experience, knowledge and reputation that you want and need when you are injured in a bike accident. We are here to help you build the strongest claim possible for compensation and obtain a positive outcome in your case. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 or help@bonnicilawgroup.com.

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