When it comes to living in a busy city such as Los Angeles, many people
choose to use bicycles as a source of transportation since it may save
time from being stuck in heavy traffic. However, because bicycles are
such small vehicles in comparison to the vehicles they may share the road
with, such as buses, taxis, trucks, and other cars, cyclists must be more
aware of their surroundings in order to ensure they are as safe as possible.
In today’s society, people are always in a hurry, causing many to
drive erratically and not take others that share the road into consideration.
For this reason, our firm has compiled a list of BLANK different things
cyclist can do to make sure they are as safe as possible when sharing
the road with much larger and heavier vehicles.
1.Ride single file
If you are riding in a group or happen to be cycling near another cyclist,
make sure that you ride single file. Riding side by side creates a wider
area of bikers, increasing the dangers of cycling even if the riders are
in a designated bike lane.
2.Wear brighter clothing or cycling gear
It is important to make yourself as obvious as possible when sharing the
road with larger vehicles. At times, especially at nights, drivers may
not be looking for cyclists. By wearing bright clothing or cycling gear,
you make a larger presence on the road, which in turns, keeps you safer.
3.Always use hand signals
Never assume that a motorist understand what you are trying to do. By forgetting
to create a hand signal, you increase the chances of being hit by a motorist
significantly. Hand signals are especially useful in situations where
cyclists are changing lanes or making turns. This remind motorists that
you have just as many rights to the road as they do.
4.Look for the signals of motorists, especially when splitting lanes
Although splitting lanes is legal in most areas, it is especially a dangerous
act for cyclists. To lessen the chances of being hit by a motorist, be
sure to pay attention to the turn signals and brake lights of the motorists
5.Do your best to stay out of blind spots
Being that you are a smaller vehicle on the road, it is important to avoid
sitting or riding in the blind spots of other vehicles, especially larger,
heavier vehicles such as buses. Many times, larger vehicle drivers are
not looking for such small vehicles such as bicycles to begin with. By
avoiding blind spots and staying in more obvious areas, you can lessen
the chances of being hit.
If You Are Involved in a Bike Accident
If you have taken the proper safety precautions when sharing the road with
motorists and have been involved in a bike accident, you may be eligible
to financial compensation to cover any medical expenses, doctor visits,
emotional distresses, lost wages, and more. You do not deserve to suffer
because of another individual’s negligence.
Contact a Los Angeles bike accident lawyer immediately.
The bike accident attorneys at Biren Law Group understand the catastrophic
consequences of cyclist hit by motorists and seek maximum compensation
for every client.
Make the call today. You won’t pay a single penny unless we win your case.