Visibility and Bicycle Accidents in Northern California

Visibility and Bicycle Accidents in Northern California

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.

Suffering a 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 while biking.

  • 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.