Any bicyclist can tell you the benefits of a good ride through the local roadways. Experiencing the outdoors, pushing your physical limits, and getting the serotonin of a good workout are all positive effects of a bike ride. Sharing the roadway on a bicycle, however, is not without its dangers. Such danger could result in an injury involving a motor vehicle. If you were riding a bicycle and were involved in an accident with another vehicle, you should contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.
4 Ways Bicyclists Can Make Themselves More Visible on the Road
Even though bicyclists are aware of the dangers of sharing the road with motor vehicles, there are still several important factors for ensuring their safety. The most effective way to ensure a bicyclist’s safety is to maximize visibility for other drivers on the road. The following are four ways you can make yourself more visible when riding your bicycle:
Wear Fluorescent or Reflective Clothing
Wearing high-visibility clothing is the most efficient and effective way to improve your visibility to other drivers. These clothing products are well-designed, easy to find, and very cost-effective. Whether you are wearing it during the daytime or at night, always make sure that you wear high-visibility clothing and reflective equipment when riding your bike.
Make Use of Lights
Many avid bicyclists have signal lights installed on their bicycles. Not surprisingly, these lights act as a warning for other drivers. Better yet, many bike manufacturers make special lights designed with a specific focus, flash, and range. This makes the bike lights exceptionally effective during daylight and nighttime hours.
Draw Attention to Your Movement
While your clothing and your bike can maximize your visibility, you should also draw attention through your movement itself. You should stay in the designated bike lane and try not to swerve or brake suddenly . Drawing attention to your movement will help motorists recognize you, and it will trigger their instinct to give you space.
Follow Traffic Laws
Along the same lines as drawing attention to your movement while on your bike, you will want to make sure that you are obeying traffic laws. Following traffic laws while also riding in a predictable pattern will help other motorists know where you are heading. Cutting in and out of traffic, swerving, or riding between lanes makes the likelihood of being hit by a driver much higher.
Contact an Attorney at Feller & Wendt If You Have Been Injured While Riding Your Bicycle
Even though motorists should share the road with bicyclists, not every person driving a vehicle operates under that directive. Unfortunately, this often leads to bicycle crashes that injure, or even kill.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you probably have many questions. If you are wondering who will pay for your medical bills, whether or not you have a legal case, or what steps to take, the attorneys at Feller & Wendt are here to help.
We have over 75 years of combined experience in dealing with insurance companies, protecting clients’ legal rights, and fighting for compensation for our clients’ injuries. If you need help, do not delay contacting one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. For a free case evaluation, call (480) 702-2277 or fill out our online contact form.