Bicycle crashes can result in serious injuries and even death for bicyclists,
but the likelihood of such trauma is even more likely to occur when the
accident involves a collision with a vehicle. Often, these crashes occur
due to drivers not noticing nearby bicyclists, with such collisions happening
at high rates of speed and drivers often not stopping at all prior to
a crash. Bicycles are much smaller than even motorcycles and, combined
with their speed, drivers can easily overlook them on the road.
Northern California bike collision injury when colliding with a car can be devastating, and although many of these
crashes are the fault of a negligent driver, no bicyclist wants to be
involved in such an accident. To prevent such crashes and improve your
safety while out on the road, following these tips to increase your visibility
Wear bright and reflective clothing. This will make you more noticeable during the day due to your coloring
and at night when headlights reflect of off you.
Ride with the flow of traffic. Drivers are more likely to spot you and will pass by you at a relatively
lower rate of speed.
Don’t ride or stop in blind spots. If in a blind spot, drivers may not see you, often leading to crashes
when a car turns or changes lanes.
Use a headlight. Cars approaching you will spot you from far away at night.
Use a rear light. A blinking red light on the rear of your bicycle will alert drivers coming
from behind you of your presence.
Signal when turning. Use arm signals to indicate if you are turning. This way drivers are
more likely to see you and will know what you are planning to do.
Don’t ride on the sidewalk. Vehicles pulling out of driveways, crossing the street, or making a turn
are less likely to see you.
Even with so many precautions, a negligent or reckless driver can still
injure the most cautious and thoughtful cyclist. If you or a loved one
has been injured in such a crash, the
Santa Clara bike accident lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help find the compensation needed
for the injuries and losses that result. For more information, call us
today at (800) 900-0863.