People choose to ride their bikes for a variety of reasons. Some people are tired of their daily commutes and bike to work to avoid traffic and parking woes. Other people ride bikes for recreation or exercise, while still others ride bicycles to save money on gasoline and help the environment. Unfortunately, as bicycles increase out on the roadways, so do accidents involving bikes and motor vehicles.
Both cyclists and motorists can make mistakes on the roadway that can cause serious accidents resulting in severe injury or even death to the cyclist. It is important for bicyclists to wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws. However, a cyclist can do only so much to avoid injury in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Tips for Safe Riding
For the safety of everyone out on the road, it is important for drivers to understand how to safely share the road with bicycle riders:
- Keep at least three feet of space between motor vehicles and bicycles.
- Pay attention to who has the right of way at intersections.
- Check blind spots and the side of your vehicle for bikes before making turns.
- Do not drive or park in the bike lane.
- Never open car doors into the path of a cyclist.
Both bicyclists and drivers should understand the common causes of bike accidents and take steps to avoid them.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision between a bike and a motor vehicle, contact the Wisconsin bicycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.