Riding a bike is more than a way of getting from one place to another for a lot of Californians, it’s a hobby, a fun way to spend a day by the beach or the mountainside.
As a rider, there come situations where another vehicle may not see you coming, leaving you in a vulnerable position. Sharing the road with many other commuters who travel using cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles also means that you run the risk of being involved in an accident with one or more of these vehicles.
Additionally, when you ride a bicycle, you become more exposed than someone in a vehicle. This heightens your chances of suffering severe injuries after being involved in an accident. Even if you follow all the proper safety measures (wearing reflective clothing and helmet, using hand signals, etc.), your bicycle is simply not as visible on the road as other, bigger vehicles. If vehicle drivers aren’t paying attention while driving, they may end up hitting you.
Tips for Safe Bike Riding:
• Always keep an eye out for impaired drivers
• Double check over your shoulder before changing lanes/directions
• Wear brightly colored clothing/ incorporate reflective materials on you and your bike
• Always check the pressure of your bicycle tires before taking a ride
• Always assume that drivers cannot see you; don’t be too trusting when on a busy road
• Helmets, elbow/knee pads and proper shoes are your safest bet
Recovering from a bicycle accident can be a mentally and emotionally traumatic experience. The California Trial Attorneys know the ins and outs of complex litigation cases including, but not limited to, bicycle accidents. Their experienced team will assess your case for free during a consultation to see if your case may be better handled with legal assistance.