With gas prices being as high as they are today, more and more people are turning to bicycles as a means of transportation.
Bicyclists have as much of a right to travel safely on the roads as motor vehicle drivers.
Have you ever noticed that bicycling road hazards sometimes seem to be everywhere: pedestrians, squirrels, other bikes, and car and truck doors – to name a few?
In addition, there are other unique road hazards that bicyclists may face on the road, especially since they have the lack of protection that motorists have. These hazards include:
- Unfixed pot holes
- Slippery areas
- Railroad tracks that are partially hidden with no warning signs posted
- Sewer grates
- Construction zones – debris left
- Road signs – should be placed lower so a bicyclist can see and read it
If the city or county leaves these issues unaddressed, these safety concerns can potentially cause serious injuries in a bicycle accident. Unfortunately, far too many bicyclists are injured because these issues are not attended to.
Motorists keep in mind the next time you’re on the road and encounter a bicyclist – bicycles are legal vehicles. A bicyclist has the same right to use travel lanes as you do.
Cycling is a unique sport because its arena is the wide open road. As we know, bicyclists come across road hazards every day. However, sometimes a bicyclist can be his or her own enemy. Inattention and poor technique can put a bicyclist on the pavement as fast as any hazard.
There are ways to avoid a tumble or worse, an accident:
- Always ride with your head up
- Focus, don’t daydream
- Keep your bike in tip-top shape – repair or replace faulty parts sooner rather than later
Remember that when you’re on your bike, you are an advocate for bicyclists everywhere – be safe, and be courteous.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident that could have been prevented with the proper precautions taken by a government road authority, you may be eligible to file for financial compensation.
To learn more about these legal actions and what options you may have available, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law office of Welebir Tierney & Weck today to speak to a knowledgeable and reliable legal professional.