Riding a bicycle is a great way to get around, but it can be dangerous if motorists and bicyclists alike fail to share the road. In fact, 2014 alone saw 720 preventable bicyclist deaths involving motor vehicles. Below are five things that all bicyclists should be aware of:
- Bicyclists have a duty to follow the rules of the road. Motor vehicles are not the only ones who have to obey traffic signals and signs, avoid weaving in and out of traffic, and signal before changing lanes. Bicyclists must follow the same standards as an ordinary driver.
- Bicyclists are prone to accidents in certain areas. Be especially careful when approaching driveways, parked cars, and intersections, and make sure that surrounding cars see you before proceeding.
- Accept that drivers and pedestrians are not looking out for you. It’s a sad fact, but never assume that drivers see you, are looking out for you, or will automatically give you the right-of way. Their number one priority is getting to their destination as quickly as they can, and they may not be watching out for bicyclists. Although motorists shouldn’t get a pass for this behavior, it is important to establish your presence on the road and remain vigilant for your safety.
- Motorists are not the only ones prone to distraction. Bicyclists should also refrain from distractions like talking on a phone while riding or listening to music through headphones.
- Bicyclists have the right to sue negligent drivers. If a driver’s carelessness caused an accident, they can and should be held responsible for damages including medical bills, rehabilitation, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
Bicycle accidents can have devastating consequences and require the assistance of an attorney to pursue full and fair compensation. If you have been hurt in a preventable bicycle accident, or have suffered the untimely loss of a loved one, contact Klein Frank, P.C. to request a consultation with a Boulder personal injury lawyer. Our bicycle accident attorneys are available to discuss your rights and options for legal recourse. With more than 60 years of combined experience fighting for the injured in Colorado, we have the knowledge, skill, and resources to secure a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Call today to learn more about how we can help: (303) 622-3876.