Important Safety Tips for Cyclists
When a cyclist is in an accident with a motor vehicle, injuries can be severe, even if the accident happens at just a few miles per hour. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself.
- Make sure your equipment is working properly – Lights, a horn, and protective gear are essential, but they only help if you make sure they are in good working order, so be sure to check regularly.
- Keep yourself as visible as possible – You can do this through lighting and reflectors on the bike itself as well as through reflective clothing. Of course, it is always safer to ride during daylight hours.
- Follow the rules for cyclists – Often, these are the same as traffic laws for drivers. Be sure to use the bike lane when there is one and know-how and when it is safe and legal to leave the bike lane.
- Watch out for distracted drivers – Yes, the accident will be their fault, but your safety is more important than who is right or wrong. A districted driver could make a quick righthand turn at a light without seeing a bike in the lane next to them, or they may miss your hand signals and not realize you are turning. Defensive riding is a must.
Help for Those Injured in Cycling Accidents
Petrov Law Firm is here for injured cyclists in the San Diego area. Let our personal injury attorneys help you to get what you deserve from the insurance company. Just call 619.344.0360 to get started today.