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How to Avoid Vehicle–Bicycle Accidents

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More adults in America are riding bicycles on a regular basis than ever before. Unfortunately, that means there are now more traffic accidents involving bikes – with an average of two cyclists dying every day due to accidents with motor vehicles. Following are a few simple tips that can help bicycle riders avoid being hit by vehicles.

Obey Traffic Laws – Most states require bicycle riders to obey the same traffic laws as motorists. Follow all the same laws and rules when riding your bike as when you’re driving a car.

Ride on the Right – Always ride with the traffic (on the right side of the road).

Stay off Sidewalks – Riding on sidewalks is very dangerous – and illegal in most states.

Beware Intersections – Intersections are where many bicycle accidents happen because of traffic coming from multiple directions. Take extra care at all intersections.

Beware Parked Cars – Many accidents are caused when a cyclist passes alongside a parked car and someone in the car opens a door into their path. Stay alert.

Beware Parking Lots – Parking lots are dangerous because of cars entering and exiting, backing up and opening doors. Take extra care.

Watch Your Back – Being rear-ended is a common type of cycling accident. Use your rearview mirrors and be wary when turning or changing lanes.

Be Visible – Wear bright colors and put lights (front and back) and reflectors on your bike.

Stay Alert – There’s no substitute for being alert and aware when biking. Always keep an eye out and never use electronic devices that will distract you or impair your hearing.

Hurt in a bicycle accident? We’re here to help.

If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycling accident, the attorneys at Morrow, Gates and Morrow are here to help. We have a great deal of experience as well as the legal knowledge needed to successfully handle accident cases of all types. We’ll guide you through the legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve.

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