NHTSA on Improving Cyclist Safety on U.S. Roadways
Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are calling on drivers to do their part to improve roadway safety for cyclists on U.S. roadways. They’re also calling on cyclists and other roadway users to be “Roll Models.” That means everybody sharing the road needs to be setting a good example for other roadway users. The only way to improve roadway safety for everybody is by making a commitment to distraction-free driving and riding and actively “Sharing the Road.”
How to be a “Roll Model”
- Ride and drive focused- Never ride or drive distracted.
- Ride and drive prepared- Always expect the unexpected.
- Safety First- always wear a bicycle helmet when on a bicycle and a seat belt when in a vehicle.
- Know the rules of the road- A bicyclist is considered a vehicle on the road with all the rights and responsibilities of motorized traffic.
- Share the road- Both motorist and bicyclist should look out for each other and show mutual respect.
Making a Commitment to Distraction-Free Driving
Ultimately, the most important thing drivers can do to protect cyclists and improve roadway safety is to make a commitment to distraction-free driving. If you’re texting or engaging in any other type of distraction behind the wheel, you’re not sharing the road safely. Cyclists are counting on drivers to be aware of their surroundings.
Cyclists are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. They don’t have the protection of seat belts and airbags, and even with helmets and other safety gear, they can become seriously injured or worse in collisions with motor vehicles.
U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
- In 2017, there were 783 cyclist deaths.
- Cyclist fatalities accounted for 2.1 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017.
- Over the past 10 years (2008 to 2017), the average age of cyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes has increased from 41 to 47.
- In 2017, the cyclist fatality rate per million people was eight times higher for males than females.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.