Recently, a bicyclist was seriously injured when he made a sudden left turn into oncoming traffic, and a driver was unable to avoid hitting the man. If you often ride your bicycle, there are several things you can do to practice bicycling safety.
- Always wear a helmet. Although a helmet will not prevent a crash, it will limit the damage if you do crash on your bicycle.
- Know and use your hand signals for things such as a right or left turn and stopping. Even if motorists do not know or remember the meaning behind these signals, this gives them a bit of a heads-up that you are going to do something. Alert drivers are more likely to give you a little space if you use these hand signals.
- Only ride at night or during low-visibility weather if your bike and you are properly equipped. Make sure you are wearing reflective gear. Your bike should have both front and rear lights to make you more visible to drivers. Even when riding during the day, it is a good idea to make sure your bike has reflectors to make you more visible to motorists.
- Know your surroundings, and be smart about them. If you know a specific road is going to have more road hazards, consider an alternate route. Never weave between parked vehicles. Drivers may not see you. If there is a bike lane, ride in it.
- Obey all traffic laws. As a bicyclist, you need to stop at red lights. You need to take your turn at stop signs. You need to stop to allow pedestrians to use crosswalks.
Unfortunately, while you can control your own actions on the roadway, you cannot control the actions of others on the road. Contact us if you were injured by an inattentive driver. Our Knoxville personal injury attorneys will discuss the specifics of your case with you.