The beautiful weather in Florida encourages many people to get out and
ride their bicycles. However, all cyclists should be sure to educate themselves
on the dangers of riding, particularly on busy streets with lots of automobile
traffic. Here are five valuable safety tips for cyclists that can help
them avoid a potentially serious collision and painful injuries.
Look for Cars Turning Right
Many cycling lanes run to the far right of a road, which means a cyclist
may line up at a traffic signal on the inside of a driver looking to turn
right. If either party is not paying attention to the other, it’s
easy for the driver to make the right turn, cutting through the cycling
lane and hitting the cyclist. Think of it as though you were driving a
car and making a right turn on the inside of a big-rig; because they make
turns that are so wide, it’s easy to get run over or forced off
the road. The same can happen with cyclists.
Signal Your Actions
Many bicycle accidents happen because drivers around a cyclist were unaware
of what the cyclist was attempting to do. However, bicycles don’t
have blinkers, therefore the onus is on the rider to signal their intentions.
When signaling, attempt to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they
see you and have noticed your signal of whatever it is you intend to do.
Stay Out of Blind Spots
It’s already difficult for motorists to spot other motorists who
slip into their blind spots, but that task becomes exponentially more
difficult when a cyclist moves there. Never ride on the inside of a vehicle,
and stay well clear of a driver’s blind spot.
Be Visible; Dress Appropriately
If you plan on riding after the sun goes down, you should do everything
in your power to make sure vehicles can see you.
Never dress in all-black, particularly when riding by street light only. The
brighter and more visible your clothing, the better (even in daylight
hours as well). Likewise, install lights on your bike (both on the front
and rear) to allow drivers advanced warning to your presence. Reflective
surfaces are also strongly advised.
Follow the Road Laws
Ever see other cyclists blow through a stop sign as though it didn’t
apply to them? Not only is this illegal and could result in them getting
a ticket, but it’s exceedingly dangerous. A cyclist who does not
follow the laws of the road dramatically increases their chances of a
deadly collision, particularly because other drivers don’t have
a chance to react to them. Likewise, just like drivers, cyclists are required
to be sober on the roads, so never ride while drunk.
If you are injured in a cycling accident, don’t hesitate to contact
our Stuart personal injury attorney for assistance as soon as possible. Attorney
Lauri J. Goldstein and her skilled team of legal associates are ready to stand up for your
rights as an accident victim and relentlessly pursue financial compensation
for you on your behalf. Attorney Goldstein has won several multi-million
dollar cases on her lengthy record of success across nearly all types
of personal injury cases.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates today at 866.675.4427 and schedule your