Car-on-bike collisions are serious accidents that often result in severe, even fatal, injuries to the bicyclist. If you have been injured by a negligent and careless driver, it is your right to pursue compensation and to hold the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions. Avoiding these accidents, however, should always be every bicyclist’s goal since nothing can make up for long-term and debilitating injuries. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of an accident while out for a ride on your bicycle.
- Obey Traffic Laws: This is not only a legal requirement, but also serves to protect you. Traffic laws provide predictability, assuming everyone follows them. When someone disobeys these laws, your actions become unpredictable, and you risk a dangerous collision. Additionally, riding in compliance with traffic laws will protect your legal rights should you be involved in a collision. If it is determined that you were partially at fault for a collision, it can either significantly reduce or eliminate your right to compensation.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings: It is everyone’s legal duty on the road to be aware of their surroundings and exercise due care. While it is not your duty or obligation to anticipate when someone might break traffic laws and drive unpredictably, you should still observe your surroundings and determine if others pose a danger to you. A collision could cost your life, so it is in your best interest to do all you can to prevent one from occurring.
- Be Seen: Bicycles are significantly smaller than cars and can easily be missed by less observant drivers who are only looking out for other vehicles. Enhance your visibility to drivers by equipping your bike with a light and reflectors. It is required by law and it could save your life. Wearing brightly colored or fluorescent colors can also increase your visibility.
- Most Car-on-Bike Collisions Occur at Night: It is usually best to avoid riding at night, but if you do choose to go out on your bike during the evening, having lights and reflectors on your bike is even more crucial. You should also consider wearing reflective clothing to help increase visibility.
- Practice Emergency Maneuvers: Just as many drivers practice defensive driving and learn how to appropriately respond to emergencies, bicyclists should do the same to avoid collisions. While this is certainly not required by law, nothing is more important than your safety and well-being, which is why you should familiarize yourself with various types of emergency maneuvers. In emergencies, it is sometimes difficult to act quickly, but if you are prepared, reacting quickly can become second nature to you.
Bicyclists should also remember to always wear a helmet, which can effectively reduce the risk of head and brain injuries. Wearing a helmet is required by law in most states and, even if it is not applicable to your location, taking this simple safety precaution can make a big difference if you are involved in an accident.
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