Riding a bike is a great way to get exercise, but it can also create a risk of getting into a serious auto accident. Drivers don’t always look out for cyclists, which means that cyclists often have the burden of watching out for drivers and trying to stay safe.
If a driver hits you, you do have a right to look into seeking compensation. However, it’s better if you can avoid a crash in the first place.
What can you do to prevent a bike crash as a cyclist?
As a cyclist, there are a few things you can do to prevent a bike crash.
- Wear bright, light colors to stand out.
- Use bike lanes and areas where cyclists are common.
- Ride with other cyclists, so you’re all more apparent.
- Use lights and reflectors on your bicycle.
- Get a horn or bell that you can use to make yourself more obvious.
There are some additional tips that drivers can use to avoid hitting cyclists, too.
- Drivers should always look both ways before turning or pulling out, checking for cyclists.
- Drivers should be cautious when moving over to make a right-hand turn, since cyclists may be in a bike lane or on the right-hand side of the road. Moving over without looking could lead to a side-impact crash.
- Drivers can prevent dooring accidents by looking along the side of their vehicles before opening the door.
- Slowing down can prevent crashes, since drivers have more time to look and maneuver around corners.
- When backing out, drivers need to look to make sure no cyclists are in their paths.
Bike crashes don’t have to happen. If cyclists and drivers both take steps to prevent them, then it’s possible to stop serious accidents from happening.
You deserve a chance to seek compensation after a crash
If you do get into a crash, you may have a right to pursue a personal injury claim and hold the at-fault driver liable. You deserve fair compensation for what you’ve been through as a result of another person’s negligence.