When a bicycle and a car are involved in an accident, it is almost always bad for the person on the bicycle. The CDC estimated that in 2013 fatal crashes involving bicyclists cost $222 million in medical costs and loss of wages. How can you protect yourself if you ride a bike regularly? Here are four things to keep in mind:
- Let cars go first – It is just not worth it to go up against a car just because you are in the right and the driver of the vehicle is in the wrong.
- Stay alert – Remember that cars won’t always see you, so you need to be on the lookout for them.
- Use hand signals – When turning, always let drivers know ahead of time by using the proper hand signals. Also, don’t assume all drivers will know what the hand signals mean.
- Wear reflective clothes – This is especially vital if you are going to be riding after dark. The more visible you are to drivers the better.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident in California
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in California, do not hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. Officers are often too quick to label an accident the cyclist’s fault at the scene, and ever-changing laws may allow you to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company. To learn more, give our San Diego law office a call at 619-344-0360.Read More
In order to avoid being injured in an accident, the best thing you can do is to drive yourself safely. While the law may not always require you to change how you drive to accommodate road conditions, there are certain circumstances that increase the risk of an accident. Here are five types of road conditions to watch out for.
- Rain – Everyone knows that snow or ice can make roadways slick, but many seem to ignore wet roads. Any moisture on the road requires slower speeds and more room between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Darkness – Night driving, in particular, can be dangerous. Be sure to have your lights on from dusk onward. Watch for obstacles on the road, and be courteous to other drivers by shutting your high beams for oncoming traffic.
- Potholes – A pothole can damage a tire and result in a sudden blowout. Try to avoid potholes if at all possible. If you can’t, take the pothole as straight on as you can and slow down a much as you safely can. If your tire pressure light comes on after hitting a pothole or if you feel a wobble in the wheel, pull over immediately to assess the damage.
- Construction Areas – Construction workers are often killed by drivers who fail to use additional caution in work areas. Driving safe in construction areas is a matter of life and death for yourself and the workers.
- Animal Crossings – If you are driving through an area where animals are known to cross, use extra caution. Animals often have trouble judging the speed of cars and may try to run across the road at the last moment.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in California
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive due compensation from the insurance company should you find yourself injured in an accident. Even if you have been offered a settlement, don’t sign anything before you call 619-344-0360. We’re here to help!Read More
If you ride your bike for exercise, to work, or even just recreationally, we want you to ride safely. We’re going to look at three times a cyclist needs to use extra caution and how you may be able to avoid injury.
#1 When Approaching Turns
Cyclists generally stay to the right, especially if there is a bike lane. That means you will often be at greatest risk when there is a place for motorists to make a right-hand turn. Why is this the case? For one thing, a driver who doesn’t see a cyclist alongside them may make that right-hand turn suddenly and clip the bike. Second, drivers often fail to use turn signals, so you may get no warning that the car is about to turn until they start to break and crank the wheel over.
#2 When Leaving the Bike Lane
There are several situations where leaving the bike lane is legal. Sometimes it is even the safer course of action. One of the times it is okay for you to leave the bike lane is when approaching a place where cars can make a right-hand turn. Moving into the car lane will alert drivers to your presence and ensure they don’t make a right-hand turn with you alongside them.
#3 When at a Traffic Light
Some drivers see that green light and stomp on the gas without looking in any direction. If you are alongside a car at a light, and they are making a right-hand turn, give them space or try to make eye-contact with the driver. Unfortunately, once again, some drivers fail to signal properly. So don’t assume that car next to you will be zooming on straight ahead when the light turns green.
If You Have Been Injured in a Bike Accident
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are here to help if you have been injured in a cycling accident. An officer who is unfamiliar with bike laws may have made the accident out to be your fault, but there are laws that protect cyclist. We can help you to gain the compensation you deserve for medical bills and other losses. Call 619-344-0360 today to learn more.Read More