Bicycle safety is going to be a top priority for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2022. With many communities and public safety agencies going the extra mile to encourage safe active forms of transportation, it’s critically important to raise awareness on issues like sharing the road and what motorists can do to help protect cyclists and other roadway users.
Since bicycle riders are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, it’s important to make sure drivers in larger motor vehicles are doing everything they can to protect cyclists. This means abstaining from distracted driving, respecting cyclists and following all the Rules of the Road.
Cyclists Are a Vulnerable Roadway User Group
Bicycle riders are counting on motor vehicle drivers to navigate the roadways safely. Bicycle riders don’t have the benefit of steel cages, seat belts or air bags. They’re truly at the mercy of other drivers on the road, so make sure you’re doing everything you can to help keep them safe.
Above all, never drive distracted. Bicycles are smaller than cars. You need to be on the lookout for them. If you’re looking at your phone, you’re not looking out for cyclists and other roadway users. Listed below are a few tips from the NHTSA for cyclists and motorists.
Tips for Cyclists and Motorists
- Never ride or drive distracted.
- Always expect the unexpected.
- Always wear a bicycle helmet when on a bicycle and a seat belt when in a vehicle.
- Know the Rules of The Road- A bicycle is considered a vehicle on the road with all the rights and responsibilities of a motor vehicle.
- Share the Road- Both motorist and cyclist should look out for each other and show mutual respect.
Bicycle Accidents in San Diego and Southern California
After any kind of bicycle accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver, it’s important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.
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