Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Drivers
Attorney Steve Floyd recently appeared on WSFA NBC 12’s Alabama Live show with host Tonya Terry to discuss bike safety in honor of national bike month. With the weather getting warmer, more and more cyclists are heading out on the roads. Yet, drivers need to make a consistent effort to look out for cyclists and safely share the roads.
Unfortunately, approximately 500,000 people are injured in bike accidents each year, and nearly 1,000 are killed every year due to these accidents. This is why it is critically important for drivers and cyclists alike to understand the risks and follow important safety tips to help avoid accidents and save lives.
When and Where Do Most Fatal Bike Accidents Occur?
Bicycle fatalities occur most often between 6p.m. and 9p.m. Due to the proximity of bikes and cars, the majority of bike accident fatalities occur in urban areas.
What Are Common Causes of Bike Accidents?
As Steve mentioned, the most common bike accidents are between bikes and cars. However, there are a number of different causes of accidents as listed below to look out for:
- Hit by a car (30%)
- Falls (17%)
- Bad road conditions (13%)
- Rider error (13%)
- Crash with object (7%)
- Crash with animal (4%)
What Are Common Injuries That Can Be Sustained?
Bike accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries and joint dislocation. These injuries are serious and can be fatal, which is why cyclists and motorists should follow safety tips to avoid accidents and prevent injuries from occurring.
What Can Cyclists Do to Prevent Accidents?
- Wear a helmet and protective gear
- Avoid riding in narrow bike lanes
- Avoid riding at night
- Wear bright, reflective clothing
- Add front and rear lights to your bike
- Avoid being in the driver’s blind spot
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Don’t use electronics when riding
What Should Drivers Do to Prevent Accidents?
- Slow down at intersections
- Yield to cyclists when they have the right of way
- Use your signals
- Look for cyclists
- Don’t pass cyclists too close, allow 3 ft
- Look around you and behind you before opening doors
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