For cyclists, sharing the road with drivers can be very dangerous. One driver’s quick glance to check a text message can turn deadly for a cyclist riding next to them. Many drivers are not aware of the laws that protect cyclists and dictate that they have just as much right to use the road. Instead, cyclists are often viewed as a nuisance. While cyclists have just as much of a right to the roads as other motorists, unfortunately this does not make a difference when a cyclist and vehicle collide. Cyclists suffer devastating injuries from these accidents: broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or death. Below are a few simple tips for drivers to help keep cyclists safe.
Be a proactive driver.
Drivers should be observant
It can be easy to miss a cyclist if you are not paying attention. Make sure to keep your eyes on the road and look twice before turning or changing lanes.
Use your signals
When turning or changing lanes, make sure to use your turn signals. Turn signals can help prevent accidents by letting others know what you are doing and giving them ample time to react.
Drive the speed limit
There is a speed limit for a reason. By driving the proper speed, you allow yourself and other drivers the appropriate amount of time to react.
Allow space when passing a cyclist
Make sure to allow plenty of room when passing a cyclist. The extra space can allow more time to react and help prevent dangerous collisions from happening.
Cycling accidents can be devastating. If you or someone you loved has been injured in a cycling accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may have a personal injury claim. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. The attorneys at Powers have experience handling all types of personal injury claims and will fight to get you any compensation that you may deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.