Every year, thousands of people are severely injured or killed in bicycle accidents with negligent drivers. In fact, in 2013 alone, over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were 494,000 ER visits due to bicycle-related injuries. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures are just some of the many injuries that can result when careless and inattentive drivers fail in their duty to share the road. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do as a bicyclist to protect yourself and reduce your chances of getting into a preventable accident.
Here are six bicycle safety tips to help you avoid an accident:
- Use the whole lane. If you ride in the street, make sure you use an entire lane, not just the side. This will make you more predictable and visible to other motorists.
- Use hand signals. Use the proper hand signals when you stop, turn, or change lanes so that other motorists can react accordingly.
- Avoid riding on congested streets. If possible, avoid riding in areas with heavy traffic. Stick to residential areas or designated bike paths.
- Be extra cautious at intersections and driveways. Many accidents occur at intersections and in driveways, so make sure that you are extra alert and aware of your surroundings at these locations.
- Increase your visibility. Make yourself more visible to other motorists by wearing brightly colored gear and adding reflectors to your helmet and bike.
- Obey all traffic laws. Bicyclists are required to follow all of the same rules of the road as other motorists. This means that you should always ride with the flow of traffic, stop at red lights and stop signs, and yield to pedestrians.
Carter Mario Law Firm represents victims of bicycle accidents and their families throughout the state of Connecticut. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident with a negligent motorist, contact our firm to schedule a free case review with a Connecticut personal injury attorney. We are prepared to investigate the facts of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. There is no cost to you unless we win your case!