Each year, thousands of people are injured and/or killed due to accidents involving vehicles and bicycles. This is often either the driver’s or bicyclist’s fault but oftentimes, an accident could have been prevented if either party took additional precautions.
Whether you are a bicyclist trying to avoid vehicles or vice versa (a driver trying to get from point A to point B without any problems), you should consider all these tips to avoid injuries and lawsuits.
When you are bicycling, you need to always be aware of your surroundings. There will likely be other drivers, pedestrians, and fellow bicyclists around you that can cause you to crash your bike. When you want to go on a bicycling stroll, take these following precautions:
- Stay within the parameters of any bike lanes on the roads
- When you have to cross a roadway, check for any vehicles
- Always wear a helmet
- Install lights and reflective devices on your bike so that other drivers can see you while biking
- Wear reflective clothing while bicycling at dawn or dusk
- Keep your phone on you in case of an emergency
- Consider purchasing a smartwatch with emergency services that will contact your close family when you signal it
- Listen to your music at a low volume so you can hear cars coming up behind you
Whenever you get behind the wheel, there is a chance of being in a car accident not only with another vehicle, but also bicyclists. You can always reduce your chances of being involved in one when you are cautious and know the various dangers on the road. When you drive:
- Check the sidewalks to make sure no bicyclists are around before turning onto a road
- Always look both ways when you are merging onto a road
- Drive within the speed limit at all times, especially in residential zones – residential zones often have many bicyclists and runners exercising
- Be aware that many bicyclists may be listening to music on earphones and can’t hear cars driving by
- Give bicyclists plenty of room when you are passing them in case they lose their balance and fall over
What To Do
Similar to a car accident, you should always write down the information of anyone you are in an accident with. When possible, write down the license plate, vehicle make and model, and name of the driver who crashed into you. You will need this information to inform authorities of what happened.
Additionally, be cautious of what you tell the driver that is at-fault or the police. If you say you’re not in pain and feeling alright and only later feel pain once the shock has settled, this can be used against you if you decide to file a claim. Anything you say can be misconstrued, so it is best to stay neutral and simply write down the information that you need.
If you are injured in a car accident while you were riding your bike, you may be able to receive compensation. We always offer free initial consultations to determine whether you may have a successful case. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 so that our experienced team of attorneys can help you.