As bike season kicks into gear, more riders will be out on the road. May also marks the beginning of National Bike Month, where riders across the country will celebrate bike safety. In order to help prevent deadly crashes, bicyclists and motorists need to be vigilant of sharing the road.
Stay Safe on the Road
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 783 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017. Most bicycle deaths occur between 6:00-9:00 P.M. in urban areas at non-intersection locations. All states require bicyclists on the roadway to follow the same rules and responsibilities as motorists. By following bicycle safety standards, cyclists and motorists can help decrease the number of fatal crashes and injuries.
Safety Tips for Bicyclists
- Always wear a helmet to help reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury
- Wear fluorescent clothing to be visible from farther away during daytime hours
- Wear retro-reflective clothing to be visible after dark
- Have active lighting on your bicycle, including front white lights and red rear lights to improve visibility
- Ride with the flow of traffic
Safety Tips for Motorists
- Reduce your speed when nearing a bicycle
- Look both ways before pulling into traffic
- Follow the 3-foot rule when passing a bicyclist
- Look before opening your car door
- Be extra alert around children riding bicycles
Lawyers Advocate for Bike Safety
As cyclists themselves, our bike accident lawyers are safety advocates who understand the kinds of injuries that can occur on the road. We help crash victims and their families recover millions of dollars in bike accident lawsuits across the country. To speak with a lawyer for a free consultation, fill out the form below, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free), or text 612-261-0856.