Important Tips for Every Bicyclist
Each year in California, more than 100 bicyclists are killed and over 10,000 are injured in collisions while on the road. In our law practice, we have seen a definite increase in bicyclists seeking our help after an inattentive driver has hit them. In 2017 alone, 62 people were struck and killed by cars while riding bicycles in Southern California. The numbers from 2017 are actually less than prior years, but experts attribute this drop to fewer people riding bikes as a result of a poor bike infrastructure.
So what can you do to stay safe as a bicyclist?
There is plenty of information on the internet about being a safe rider- wearing a helmet is of course recommended (and required if you are under age 18), but a helmet will do nothing to prevent you from getting hit. Good suggestions include using a headlight day or night, eye contact/waving at motorists to be sure they see you, slowing down at intersections, driving slowly past parked cars, riding with traffic, avoiding vehicle blind spots and wearing bright clothing.
And most importantly, have fun and ride safely!