Bicycle accidents are on the rise. And they are more deadly than they used to be. According to a recent National Transportation Safety Board report, in 2017 alone some 806 bike riders died after accidents with motor vehicles on American highways. To examine these issues, the NTSB ordered a study to find out more about these accidents and how to prevent more of them. The NTSB released its findings on November 5, 2019.
Preparing to Avoid Bicycle Accidents
According to the NTSB, there are a number of things you can do to avoid a bicycle accident. You should make sure that you and your bicycle are visible to drivers. Here are some tips:
- Place reflectors on the front, rear, pedals and spokes of your bicycle.
- Consider mounting a headlight and taillight on your bicycle.
- Wear bright clothing, especially neon or fluorescent clothes.
- Avoid riding at night, if possible, to avoid bicycle accidents.
- Stay away from busy roads and avoid peak traffic times.
- Don’t ride on narrow roads, or roads with sharp curves.
- Avoid road with speed limits in excess of 35 miles per hour.
For the first time, the NTSB recommended that riders wear a helmet. Be sure to secure it with straps under your chin.
Rules for Riding
Bicycle riders are supposed to follow the same rules of the road as drivers to avoid bicycle accidents. In addition, riders should ride single file, use hand signals to indicate turns and be sure to obey traffic signals.
Drivers Must Avoid Bicycle Accidents
Drivers have additional responsibilities when it comes to avoiding bicycle accidents. One of these is not to open the car door when a rider might run into it. Drivers must learn a technique called the “far hand reach” or “Dutch reach.”
The technique is simple: Drivers should use the hand that is farther from the car door to open it. That forces the driver to rotate the body so that the driver looks back from where a bicycle rider might come. If a driver fails to use this technique and injures a rider, the driver may well be held liable to the rider for injuries from the bicycle accident.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for your Bicycle Accident
If you’ve been in a bicycle Accident in Atlanta, you need to call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to figure out your options. Our bicycle accident lawyers have been advocates for hundreds of victims all across our city.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.