Keeping Bicyclists Safe
As the economy has taken a nosedive and more people are becoming concerned with reducing the use of fossil fuels, bicycling has become a more common method of commuting to work or other places fairly close to the home. While it is hard to argue with the positive effects this has on the environment and people’s health and pocketbooks, it has also increased the potential for cyclists being injured in accidents with motor vehicles.
When bicycles and cars are sharing the road, it is very important for all parties to remain alert at all times, and take special care to ensure their own safety and the safety of other people on the road.
Advice for Drivers
Drivers have a responsibility to help keep vulnerable cyclists from being seriously injured or killed by a run-in with a car. They can do this by:
- Never following cyclists too closely
- Double checking blind spots before turning or changing lanes
- Leaving cyclists plenty of room when passing
- Never stopping or parking in a bike lane
Advice for Cyclists
Cyclists must take steps to keep themselves safe around cars, as well:
- Wear a helmet
- Ride in the right lane (or bike lane, if available)
- Follow all traffic law
- Use front and rear lights when it is dark
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a bicycle and a car, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and damages. Contact the experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case.