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Bicycle Accidents

Motor Vehicles

While bicycle riding can be a fun and easy method of transportation, there’s always the risk of suffering an injury. Bicycle riders are more susceptible to injury or death than drivers and passengers in motor vehicles, and these types of accidents account for most head injuries. If you’re a cyclist or ride your bicycle often, there are precautions you can take to make sure you are safe in environments where motor vehicles are present.

  • Before riding, make sure brakes, lights, and reflectors are working properly.
  • Use designated bike lanes, if available in the area.
  • Always wear a bicycle helmet.
  • Use proper hand signals when stopping or turning.
  • Limit your distractions, like phone calls and texts, as much as possible.
  • Follow local traffic laws.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic.

Driver Behavior

Some accidents are due to the driver of the motor vehicle involved. However, this doesn’t mean cyclists are automatically off the hook. Cyclists must follow the same laws as other motor vehicles on the road. Despite this, the majority of bicycle crashes and injuries are due to motorists that fail to see or yield to cyclists at intersections. Motorists have specific guidelines they must follow in order to prevent car and bicycle accidents:

  • Drivers must allow at least three feet on the right side of the road for cyclists to travel.
  • Drivers must watch for cyclists before making turns.
  • Drivers must watch for cyclists before opening car doors or pulling out of parking spaces.
  • Cyclists have the right of way at intersections, even when being directed by signs or signals.

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