In 2014, 720 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents in the United States and many more were injured.
A number of two wheelers like bicycles, bikes, etc. share the roads with four wheelers. These two wheelers do not offer a rider as much protection as a car does to the driver. This makes them vulnerable to serious injuries if they are in an accident.
Road safety is the responsibility of everyone on the road. However, in 2014, 720 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents, and a large number were injured. Drivers of cars and trucks need to exercise more caution while driving around bicycles. Here are some tips on preventing car accidents involving bicyclists.
Respecting Bicycle Lanes
It is essential that motorists respect two wheeler lanes and yield the right of way. Motorists should ensure that they use the bicycle lanes only if they need to cross the lane while making a turn or while exiting or entering the thoroughfare.
Pass Cyclists Slowly
Two wheelers, especially cyclists, ride at speeds lower than four wheelers. While passing these two wheelers, car drivers can reduce the possibility of a serious accident if they reduce their speed by at least ten miles per hour while passing them. This may be able to prevent a fatal car accident.
Maintain Adequate Distance
When it comes to maintaining following distance, car drivers should always overestimate and leave a little extra space for them. There is no telling what can make a biker steer unexpectedly, swerve and collide with a passing vehicle. The laws require cars to maintain a safe distance between two wheelers for as long as it takes to pass them.
Avoid Distracted Driving
Drivers should not engage in distracted driving, and avoid the use of smart phones, making phone calls and texting. Often, two wheelers bear the brunt of distracted driving. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3,000 fatalities and over 400,000 injuries occur due to distracted driving.
Be Vigilant at Intersections
Most of the accidents involving bicycles take place at intersections. Motorists should exercise extra vigilance while crossing intersections and look for any cyclists crossing intersections.
Accidents Caused by Door Collisions
When cars stop in bicycle lanes or paths, drivers should be vigilant and look out for any approaching cyclists while opening the door of their car. A number of accidents resulting in serious injury to cyclists have taken place when cyclists riding at high speeds in bicycle lanes have collided into opened doors of cars parked on these lanes.
A Word of Caution to Cyclists
While it becomes mandatory for drivers of four wheelers to exercise caution, be on the lookout for cyclists and ensure that cyclists have the right of way, the cyclists also have a responsibility to maintain on-road safety. Cyclists should follow certain rules, which include:
- Maintain adequate distance between four wheelers and themselves
- Always ride in a single file
- Use appropriate hand signals as indicators
- Follow traffic rules
Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
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