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Bike Safety Tips for Spring

As warmer weather begins to descend on the San Diego area, many of us will be spending more time outside. If your spring plans involve bicycling, we hope you will take steps to prevent a serious California bicycle accident.

Hospital admissions due to bicycle injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013. Fatal bike crashes are also on the rise. Bicyclist deaths increased by 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

California frequently leads the country in fatal bike accidents. Therefore, it is important for cyclists to exercise caution when riding. At the same time, San Diego drivers must also be on the lookout for bicyclists.

To stay safe this spring, we urge both bicyclists and motorists to take the following precautions:

  • All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.
  • Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists. Be courteous—allow at least three feet clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road, look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space, and yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals. Be especially watchful for cyclists when making turns, either left or right.
  • Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, dawn, and dusk. To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing tape or markings on equipment or clothing.

Source: NHTSA

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California bicycle accident caused negligent driver, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of California injury victims.