Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys Share Tips For Sharing The Road With Bicycles
Drivers know that they must maintain an awareness of the vehicles that are in close proximity to them on the road. All it takes is a moment of inattention on the part of one driver to cause a crash. However, motor vehicles are not the only things that drivers must look out for. Pedestrians, animals, and cyclists may go into or near the road. Just as a split second of inattention can result in a collision between motor vehicles, a split second of inattention could result in a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, animal, or cyclist.
Collisions that involve an automobile and a bicycle often result in serious injury or death. Automobiles and bicycles share the roads in many places, and some roads are better equipped to handle simultaneous use by motor vehicles and bicycles than others are. Fortunately, both drivers and cyclists can take steps to decrease the chances of a collision on any type of road.
Both drivers and cyclists should be familiar with the rules for sharing the road in the places where they drive and ride. State and local laws vary, but there are usually provisions included that promote safe road sharing. Knowing what rules to follow when you are riding your bike on the road or when you are driving and you encounter someone on a bicycle will help you know what to do, as well as what you might expect other drivers or cyclists to do.
Perhaps the most important thing that drivers can do to avoid colliding with cyclists is avoiding cell phone use and other distractions while driving. Also, obeying posted speed limits can go a long way towards preventing collisions, because driving at an appropriate speed enables drivers to be more aware of their surroundings and gives them more time to respond to the presence of cyclists.
Cyclists can keep themselves as safe as possible by making themselves very visible to motorists. By wearing brightly colored clothing and using lights for riding at dusk or after dark, cyclists can help motorists see them easily. Cyclists can also increase their own ability to respond to the presence of nearby vehicles by using rear view mirrors, which can be mounted on a bike or on a pair of glasses. Bicycle helmets are an essential piece of safety equipment for all cyclists. Make sure that your helmet fits properly, and is comfortable, so that you will use it every time you ride.
If you were injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle and bicycle crash, call a Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney right away. The experienced Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys at Goeing Goeing and McQuinn can help you to pursue the recovery that you deserve. Call the attorneys at Goeing Goeing, and McQuinn today, or visit our website to learn more about how we can help you.