As we approach the riding season in most parts of United States I wanted to focus this post on bicycle safety. I am a bicycle injury lawyer and have been exclusively representing injured cyclists for over 20 years. Accordingly, I have a lot of great knowledge to share with my fellow bikers. In addition, I am also an avid cyclist myself and very passionate about helping injured bikers. In my opinion there are three and only three things that all cyclists must always be aware of. First, you have to make yourself extremely visible and easily seen. Second, you have to assume that you are invisible. Finally, and perhaps the most important of all is to have the ability toanticipate the thoughts and actions of all motor vehicles around you.
Let me start with being visible. There are two main components to this, One, wearing extremely bright and fluorescent colors such as yellow or orange. Secondly having more lights than you think is even necessary. In fact I recommend all bikers have at least two headlights on their bicycle flashing at all times even during the daytime (just like motor vehicles). In fact the way you know you have too many lights on your bike is when people come up to you and comment as such. Which is also great evidence you are being seen!! There’s no such thing as being too visible, you want to give all the motor vehicles around you every chance to see you.
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Second, is to assume that you invisible. What I mean by this is don’t ever assume that anybody sees you, even if you believe you have established eye contact. I can’t tell you how many clients I have that truly thought that the at fault driver saw them right before they were run over! In today’s world there are so many distracted drivers that you have to assume every car out there is attempting to hit you.
Third, and extremely important is to anticipate. When you’re on your bicycle have to constantly think and anticipate how the motor vehicles around you will act. For example, If you are riding on a sidewalk against traffic and approaching an intersection and there is a car making a right-hand turn you can anticipate that the motor vehicle will only look to the left and not see you. This is just one example of what I mean by anticipating how he motor vehicle may act. In addition you should be very familiar with the most common scenarios of bicycle accident and be hyper-aware when you find yourself in one of those situations. You will find much information on this website (highlighted in Red) about the most common types of bicycle accidents.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Bicycle Injury Lawyer/ Enthusiast
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